Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to present our first solo exhibition of new work by Elizabeth Neel.
Neels paintings on canvas and paper and her sculptural assemblages participate in a triangle of influences. Intersections between organic and inorganic architecture, the tensions between calculation and accident, and the constant energy of becoming through memory, action and recapitulation characterize Neels two and the three-dimensional works. Shifting relationships between architecture and the body, between hard and soft surfaces and materials, her work conflates both experiential and imaginative attempts to grasp at reality.
In her paintings, she traces and punctuates pathways emphasizing the activity of mark making as a temporal record and as a method of creating narrative potential. A paint smear left by a hand gesture, a circle reflecting a missing penny, a square registering a once present piece of paper, a line as evidence of provisionally affixed masking tape each of these inscriptions hints at the empirical within the transformative space of abstraction.
Neels sculptures incorporate found objects, flat images and handmade elements to complicate notions of perspective and proximity. She manipulates intimacies between things and representations of things in three-dimensional space, bringing back additional readings to painting, underlining architecture as a method of framing events and images.
Elizabeth Neel graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in 2007. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Pilar Corrias, London, UK; Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, NY; Monica De Cardenas, Milan, IT; Deitch Projects, New York, NY; and at The Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY. Recent group exhibitions include the Prague Biennial 5, Prague, Czech Republic; Modern Talking at the Cluj Museum, Cluj, Romania; A Painting Show at Harris Lieberman, New York, NY; Going Where the Weather Suits My Clothes at Mothers Tank Station, Dublin, Ireland; Living with Art at The Neuberger Museum, Purchase College, Purchase, NY; and Abstract America at the Saatchi Gallery, London, UK among others.