Elizabeth Huey: And Yet It Moves
05/27/2017 - 06/22/2017
Opening on May 27, 2017, Harper’s Books is pleased to announce And Yet It Moves, a new suite of paintings by Los Angeles based artist Elizabeth Huey. A reception attended by the artist will be held from 6-8pm. The show will remain on view through June 22.
In her second solo exhibition with the gallery, Huey continues to reflect on a broad spectrum of quandaries surrounding humanity, focusing specifically on key historical figures and monumental events. For Huey, portraiture is much more than a singular depiction of one being; it is comprised of complex lived truths affected by landscape, architecture, circumstantial histories and interpersonal relationships. Born from a substratum of abstract expressive paint, the figural elements of Huey’s work hail from a multiplicity of styles and eras.
In a description of her work she states, “Painting is a conversation where there are always more questions than answers”. Night is Deaf and the Morning Remembers envisions Alexander Graham Bell amidst a fractured Victorian home flanked by several colorful tetrahedrons and a spectral figure joyfully strumming a guitar. What role did Bell’s deaf mother play in the invention of the telephone? In Something More, Ernest Just rests prominently in a hotel lobby encircled by a cast of indifferent characters against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Did Just’s fight for equality influence his discovery of the ectoplasm? In The Howl, Hedy Lamarr wails in angst and empowerment shadowed by a clique of male executives. Was society’s emphasis of her starlet stature over her scientific mind a fueling factor in her founding of cellular communication?
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