Li Trincere: Elements

Li Trincere, MINUS SPACE

Studio view

March 26 – April 30, 2011

MINUS SPACE is delighted to announce the exhibition Li Trincere: Elements. This is the Manhattan-based painter’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will feature a pair of new shaped paintings and a suite of new large pastel drawings on paper.

For the past three decades, Li Trincere has produced shaped abstract paintings, including uneven crosses, compressed Xs, inverted triangles, and irregular trapezoids. The paintings starkly contrast the literal shape of the canvas stretcher with the depicted shape painted on it. Strongly influenced by the vocabulary of Minimalist sculpture, Li’s paintings utilize elemental shapes that function more like structures than two-dimensional surfaces. This attribute is underscored by her limited and highly-selective use of color –- one, two, or three key hues, in most cases. Summarizing her core aesthetic concerns over the years, Li concisely states: “Mass / Volume – Weight / Time – Order / Construct – Icon / Archetype”.

Li Trincere (b. 1960, NYC) has exhibited her work internationally for the past 30 years, including in Australia, Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States. During the early 1980s, she was heavily involved in the East Village abstract painting scene and showed at many of the landmark venues of the time, including Mission Gallery, Pyramid Club, Kamikaze Club, and The World. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, she exhibited at key galleries presenting new abstraction, such as Julian Pretto/Berland Hall, Stark Gallery, and Gabriele Bryers Gallery (all NYC), as well as the legendary Galerie Rolf Ricke in Cologne, Germany. During these critical formative years, she participated in two-person and group exhibitions alongside other pioneering abstract painters, such as Olivier Mosset, Alan Uglow, Steven Parrino, Don Voisine, Mark Dagley, Daniel Levine, Sharon Brant, Neil Campbell, and Gary Lang, among many others.

Li has received awards from the National Endowments for the Arts, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Edward Albee Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, and Artists Space. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Bomb Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and Kunstforum, among others. Li’s work was included in our recent group exhibition MINUS SPACE, curated by Phong Bui, at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York (2008-2009), as well as our group exhibition Escape from New York which traveled throughout Australia and New Zealand (2007-2010). Li holds an MFA in Painting from Hunter College, NYC, and a BFA in Printmaking from Southampton College, Southampton, NY.

MINUS SPACE’s programming is made possible by the generous support of The Golden Rule Foundation, as well as individual donors. We thank you!

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