To Hell’s Canyon and Back

Opening Reception
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March 21st, 2020    3:45pm-5:30pm (Virtual Reception only)

Artist Talk – Wednesday April 8th, 2020 6pm-8pm
Closing Reception      April 25th, 2020    4pm-7pm

Show runs from –
March 21st, 2020 – April 25th, 2020

Tracey Halvorsen received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art (1993) (where she graduated with the school’s top prize, the Agnes Gund Travelling Scholarship), and an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (1998).

‘To Hells Canyon and Back,” Tracey Halvorsen’s first gallery exhibition since 2000, chronicles the physical and emotional journey of loss, rejection, introspection, self-discovery and eventual revival experienced over two years that she describes as “the explosion of everything seemingly stable and defining in my life at the time.”​

A culmination of raw experience and casual observance, the paintings serve as a sort of travelogue, each capturing a period of time, a sequence of moments – whether surrounded by the Dolomites of Italy, before a still life of flowers in her studio or floating on the Snake River in Hell’s Canyon. When the moments are recorded as nothing more than color, movement, dance, sound, breath – they hold all the other moments in their voice. The way light and color bend a flower stem in a clear glass of water or explode off a mountaintop covered in snow – each is its own story. The movements of animals in fields, or the compulsion to make a mark on a canvas spurred on by nothing more than the light and space the other marks are creating – is the story she seeks to capture.

The places, objects and abstractions are all facilitators of the same journey, the same search. Mirroring an evolving internal journey to let go of the pull of illusion in life – her paintings refuse to allow only what is “seen and named” to dictate experience. As such, her work continues to move away from what “should be painted,” towards an exploration of what “must be painted”.

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