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HUMAN CONNECTION BY ELIZABETH HUEY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Elizabeth Huey‘s paintings explore human connection and healing. Central to Huey’s practice is an engagement with passion and delirium and our society’s extraordinary attempts to create or cure these conditions. Her figures are often immersed in scenes of rehabilitation and recreation.

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Huey draws imagery from her own photographs as well as an ever expanding collection of found photos, googled snapshots and historical research to delve into the complexities of her subjects. One gets the sense that myriad forces – from nature and architecture, to culture and history – are at work in the minds of each protagonist. The surprising spatial arrangements and disjunctive scale shifts in Huey’s work support a hypnagogic sense of seeing things from the inside out. By bringing together these disparate players in the worlds of her paintings, she creates dynamics, both visual and psychological, that are altogether new.

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DISCARDED MATERIAL SCULPTURES BY ELISABETH HIGGINS OCONNOR

by Ariadna Zierold

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The work of Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor finds majesty in the abject and monumentality in the discarded. Remnants of bedclothes, blankets, pillows, couch cushions and knit Afghans gathered and donated from thrift stores and yard sales are cut, re-sewn, wrapped, roped, tied and built into objects that seem to be simultaneously shrouded yet exposed, patched back together but disintegrating, the comfortable rendered uncomfortable.

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Existing somewhere on a spectrum between elegy and absurdity, the work examines a setting where cautionary tales, private anxieties and natural history museum dioramas mash-up and attempts to close the gap between tenderness and the grotesque.

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A DIGITAL REALM BY HVASS AND HANNIBAL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Hvass&Hannibal is a multi-disciplinary arts and design studio based in Copenhagen. Since 2006, its founders, Nan Na Hvass & Sofie Hannibal have worked in close collaborative partnership with illustrative and conceptual design in a number of different fields for numerous clients in Europe, Asia and the US. Whether in the digital realm or on a three-dimensional scale, the studio takes projects from esoteric illustrative beginnings to a full art direction and graphic design solution, all in-house.

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