Lynne Harlow: Golden, Liliana Bloch Gallery, Dallas, TX

Installation view of Lynne Harlow: Golden, Liliana Bloch Gallery, 2019

February 16 – March 23, 2019

Gallery artist Lynne Harlow’s solo exhibition Golden at Liliana Bloch Gallery in Dallas, Texas, is an exploration of the shared sensations of two seemingly dissimilar cities: Los Angeles and Istanbul. The pieces combine color, material, light and space to explore the affinities she perceives between these two cities, examining their concrete commonalities, like ceramic tile and proximity to water, as well as the atmospheric sensations of both locations. Their historical and cultural differences serve as a compelling counter to the shared essence of these locations. Goldenbuilds on previous projects like Limitless and Lonesome and Baker Bridge Road, projects that scrutinized physical locations and translated their sensory attributes into a group of reductive works executed in a range of materials, including paint, Plexiglas, fabric and light. Lynne Harlow’s working process aims to identify sensations and associations from personally significant and carefully chosen places, and allow them to evolve into their own autonomous experiences that expand beyond their initial sources.

Conceptually, the series is built upon her time spent in both cities as a visitor, an outsider, synthesizing visual and cultural information with the heightened sense of observation – visual perception and aesthetic interpretation – that so often comes with being outside our familiar surroundings. There is an overpowering sense of collision of the built environment with the natural environment in both Los Angeles and Istanbul, a trait that isn’t unique to these two places but is particularly prominent in both. The series aims to examine and interpret this collision of the natural and the constructed. In addition, both cities’ identities hinge on their unique east/west relationships: Istanbul as the literal geographic meeting of Europe and Asia, and Los Angeles as an organic intermingling of varied Asian and western populations as a result of geographic proximity. The project comprises large-scale installation pieces and a constellation of smaller individual works. The group includes small and large-scale drawings (colored pencil, gouache and acrylic on paper), sculptural wall works made with ceramic tile, Plexiglas, fabric and paint, and large-scale installation pieces that include ceramic tile, Astroturf, glass, fabric and vinyl curtain. This list is a combination of materials and techniques that Harlow previously used in the studio and others that are new to her practice.

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