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New Work: Works by Celia Gerard    May 18 - Jul 10, 2012


Tayloe Piggott Gallery is pleased to present “New Work,” an exhibition featuring the works of New York-based artist Celia Gerard. The exhibition will be on view from May 18, 2012 through July 10, 2012. On Friday, May 18 from 5 to 8 p.m., Tayloe Piggott Gallery will host an artist reception. The public is invited to meet the artist and view the works of Celia’s first solo show at the Tayloe Piggott Gallery; her work had been previously shown in the Tayloe Piggott Gallery exhibition “For the Love of Paper” in 2010. Artist, Tadaaki Kuwayama, will simultaneously hold his first solo show at the gallery.

The pleasure of Celia Gerard's art, and its challenge, lies in the equilibrium achieved between improvisation and certitude, between a malleable process and imagery that is finite and clear. With their clusters of diagrammatic geometry, grainy scrims of pigment and I-dare-you-to-follow-my-steps compositions, the images evolve, shift, double-back and march forward—right in front of our eyes. It’s a measure of Gerard’s gifts that this momentum is realized and sustained. The longer you look at a Gerard painting the more its allusions accumulate, expand and cohere. Her painterly explorations recall Abstract Expressionism in their density and facture; Willem de Kooning is a point of inspiration. But the work’s architectonic clarity and spatial pull bring to mind touchstones that predate Modernism and lie outside the Western canon. Poussin’s crystalline meditations on the landscape can be intuited in the unfurling geodesic vistas, as can the supple linearity typical of Islamic art. Gerard’s shapes call to mind urban architecture, just as much as they do mountain vistas, with land and sky figuring prominently. Gerard achieves spatial depth in 2-D by using a variety of dry materials, including graphite, charcoal, and chalk, in addition to her own handmade watercolors. Mixing her watercolors with a particular binder prevents the colors from fully blending into each other. Gerard also manipulates the surface through erasing and sanding, creating and revealing additional layers in space. This results in pieces with an ethereal yet supremely modern, abstract feel. Recycled forms help find new forms, giving life to these ever-evolving pieces that appear to be constantly moving, leading us into a new space that is both familiar yet entirely unknown.

Celia Gerard received her BA with honors in art and art history from Colgate University, her EdM from Harvard University, and her MFA in sculpture from the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. Solo exhibitions include Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY and the Mark Potter Gallery at the Taft School, CT. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the National Academy Museum, NY, NY; The New York Studio School, NY, NY; Gutman Library, Harvard University, MA; Lacoste Gallery, Lacoste, France; ISA Gallery, Montecastello di Vibio, Italy. Awards and grants include the S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Award for graphics from the National Academy Museum; Artist-in-residence, the New York Studio School; Seligman/Von Simpson award for excellence in sculpture; LCU foundation grant; sculpture fellowship from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. She has taught at Swarthmore College, School of Visual Arts, Bard College, Centenary College and the New York Studio School.

For further information regarding Celia Gerard and Tayloe Piggott Gallery, please visit us online at www.tayloepiggottgallery.com or contact us at 307.733.0555 or art@tayloepiggottgallery.com.

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