We first encountered Elizabeth Huey’s work when she was in an exhibition we had in 2008 called Brevity’s Rainbow that was guest-curated by Maxwell Williams. The show had around 100 tiny works in it and Elizabeth’s were some of my favorite. I still remember them: a painterly little red house and a collaged painting featuring a fox sticking his tongue out in laughter. They intrigued me with their pseudo-innocence and yet I knew there was more to them even though I couldn’t place my finger on it. I started looking at more of her paintings over the years and found her larger work to be a complex synthesis of dreamy imagery and mundane situations that seemed layered with information. I’m reminded of long lost memories from childhood amidst a street scene straight out of 16th century Europe that also happens to be inhabited by angels, devils and a giant creepy clown. Faceless women bask by an outdoor motel pool in a would-be serene setting that still somehow feels unsettling and perverse. There is pain, healing, reflection and dreaming happening in this extensive body of work. If the psychic walls of our lives could talk, they may say something like these paintings.
Cutting Loops, Acrylic, Collage, Ink and Pencil on Panel, 10 x 10 Inches, 2014
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///////// Thursday November 20th 7-10pm ///////////
Join us this Thursday as we host a Collage Party with Elizabeth Huey at the Cinders Haus Club in Brooklyn. Elizabeth Huey sources her paintings and collages from her own snapshots, a collection of historic postcards and her ever-growing archive of found photographs and slides.
We will also be exhibiting original works and new special cinders edition letterpress prints by Huey. Get cozy at our Haus, sip hot cider, listen to records, make art, look at art, hang out, see old friends, meet new friends and enjoy a special night with an amazing and thoughtful artist.
at Cinders Haus Club
700 Lorimer st. 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Ring the doorbell!
Stay tuned for more new work and an interview with Elizabeth Huey next week!