TURN Gallery is excited to inaugurate our new Upper East Side location at 32 East 68th Street with the exhibition Body To Land presenting work by artists Elizabeth Hazan and Nicola Stephanie.
Elizabeth Hazan’s abstract paintings create richly saturated fields of color by reconstructing her experiences of atmosphere, geography and environment, as if observed from above. Conjuring the feeling of being inside the cockpit of a small aircraft descending for landing, Hazan’s canvases present an unexpected distortion of reality; the feeling that we are looking not at the land itself, but the space between. Hazan's probing lines wind us around loosely bounded shapes where she examines memory, anticipated loss and nature off kilter.
Nicola Stephanie inventively re-imagines the possibilities of painting materials. Abandoning the traditional stretched surface, she instead cuts and stitches her canvas into pliable forms that evoke the movement of the human body. By draping, looping, sagging and lifting, Stephanie creates sculptural paintings that allude to the contours of human anatomy – the aperture and arc of a pelvic bone – and the pinched and ribbed patterns of custom-tailored cloth.
Nicola Stephanie (b.1981) is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Hunter College (2019); and has also studied at the New York Studio School and Goldsmiths College. She has previously shown her work at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Freud Museum, the Yale Center for British Art, and has completed commissions for Tate Modern. This is Nicola Stephanie’s first exhibition in New York City. She was born in London, England and currently lives and works in Hudson River Valley.
Elizabeth Hazan (b. 1965) has studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the New York Studio School and Bryn Mawr College. She has most recently exhibited at Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, NY; Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA: National Arts Club, New York, NY; LABspace, Hillsdale, NY; Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; and Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. In addition to her own artistic practice, Elizabeth founded Platform Project Space, dedicated to showcasing the work of fellow artists. Elizabeth Hazan’s studio is located in Dumbo, Brooklyn and she lives in Manhattan.
The Art Newspaper, November 13, 2020