Lia Halloran, Celestite, 2012, ink on drafting film, 84 × 60″. Courtesy of DCKT Contemporary.
21 Orchard Street, 212 741 9955
East Village / Lower East Side
November 17, 2012 - January 6, 2013
Reception: Friday, November 16, 6 - 8 PM
DCKT Contemporary is pleased to present LIA HALLORAN’s fourth New York solo exhibition, Metamorphose, in our new location at 21 Orchard Street. Large-scale works feature Halloran’s unusual technique of laying ink on drafting film; the human form and the passage of time is simultaneously considered, where the organic body experiences a sublimation into the realm of the inanimate.
Referencing rocks and crystals collected in HALLORAN’s studio, the artist coerces the controlled movement of the ink from solution into solid. HALLORAN’s process begins less at the moment the ink is applied to the drafting film, but more at the point where the deep blue pigment undergoes a ‘self-reanimation’ and unpredictably migrates over the surface. HALLORAN describes this as a ‘negotiation’ within the medium, engaging in a game of action and reaction. The completed image fluctuates between strict representation, the intangible object and the inherent fluidity of the medium. What begins as a dual depiction of close friends used as live models and actual crystalline forms becomes a sensitive, performative dialogue between the organic and inorganic. Similar to the photographic process of HALLORAN’s Dark Skate series, the works illustrate how natural phenomena can overwhelm the body via scale, structure, time and the absence of light.
HALLORAN lives and works in Los Angeles and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Art at Chapman University (Orange, CA). She is a 2001 MFA graduate of the Yale University School of Art. Her work has been acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York). Solo exhibitions have been held at venues in New York, Miami, Boston and Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include Haunted: Contemporary Photography / Video / Performance, Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain). HALLORAN’s work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times and New York magazine.
The exhibition will be on view at DCKT Contemporary, 21 Orchard Street (between Canal & Hester).
Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon -6pm.
For further information, please contact Dennis Christie or Ken Tyburski at the gallery.