Elisabeth Condon: Walkabout
March 13, 2010 - April 3, 2010
Opening reception March 13, 2010, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Image: From One Place to Another, 2010, oil and acrylic on canvas, 47 x 89 inches
Walkabout is an exhibition of new paintings made while Elisabeth Condon was at the Fountainhead Residency, Miami. She states "painting becomes my version of Walkabout, suspending time and space to materialize new perceptions and insights."
The centerpiece of the show, a 312 inch-long painting entitled Field Notes, is inspired by Huang Gongwang's 1347-50 scroll Dwelling in the Fu'Ch'un Mountains. Condon responds to this scroll on many levels: proportion, paint, line, space, philosophy and subject matter. Just as one cannot take in the entire landscape surrounding us in life, so must a viewer physically move along the scroll, which is twenty feet long, to take in rhythmic undulation of hills and mountains. Similarly, Condon goes beyond simply depicting a view out the window. In her painting she abuts various temporal moments, geographic locations and aesthetic influences. She plays with the properties of the scroll's proportions by incorporating parts of the past year's travels: the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, her house in North Tampa, FL, the hills around Sydney, Australia, her backyard in Brooklyn, NY, and plants, flora and views from China. She invites the viewer to walk the painting's length, a metaphor, in the looking, for the artist's own travels and resulting transformation.
Elisabeth Condon has had solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including shows in Sydney, Australia and Beijing, China. Her work is in the collections of the US Department of State Art in Embassies Program in Beijing, China; Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, Fort Lauderdale, FL; and Roger Evans, London, UK. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees for painting at the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Now as an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of South Florida, she divides her time between Tampa and Brooklyn. She recently had a survey exhibition at the Albany Museum of Art in Georgia, for which there is a catalog. Condon is the recipient of numerous grants and has participated in residencies in Spain, New York, China, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and most recently, the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, FL.
Double Fragment, 2010, acrylic on linen, 44.5 x 72 inches
Stadium, 2010, acrylic and collage on linen, 51 x 63 inches