Lynne Golob Gelfman's Sand at Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery

From June 7 through July 31, 2012.

The works in the exhibition Lynne Golob Gelfman: Sand at Alejandra von Hartz Gallery refer to landscape but do not represent it. Rather they evoke a sense of place. Sand in its many permutations has engaged Gelfman for years in her process of making abstract paintings. This show sand begins with the water/clouds/sand series and the experience of walking through sand. Each painting suggests a step on a path across sand and the markings that the imaginary passage leaves behind.

The works from the dune series explore the movement of light shifting on sand. As the viewer traverses the image, the surface changes constantly modulated by the angle of light. To quote the art historian Judith F. Rodenbeck, these new works are noted for “a silky liveness of muted and elegant shimmer, indefinably layered and pearlescent, coruscating.”

The disc series, in the second room, examines the physicality of sand in its varied textures and abrasive power. Used to create the painting “between 1” included in the oil and sand series, the discs reveal Gelfman’s process of layering and offer a through-view to the element of space itself. The use of the sanding machine resembles the effect of wind and water on sand. Here Gelfman yields the control embodied in the hand and embraces chance.

Gelfman graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1966 and the School of the Arts, Columbia University, MFA in 1968. Recent selected solo exhibitions include scapes at the Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum, FIU (2012); sand at Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery (2012); between at Carol Jazzar Gallery (2010); water/clouds/sand at Luminaire X (2009) and react at Fredric Snitzer Gallery (2006). Her work is included in many prominent private and corporate collections as well in the permanent collections of museums such as the Miami Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Current projects include a book with an essay by Judith Rodenbeck.

Alejandra von Hartz Gallery
2630 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

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