July 15 – August 31, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 15, 2-4pm
Sarah Shepard Gallery and the Brooklyn based pop-up art collective, 3walls, 3walls are thrilled to present their third collaborative exhibition, featuring three East coast artists: Alexandra Chiou (Boston), Allison Gildersleeve (Brooklyn) and Julia von Eichel (Brooklyn & Upstate New York).
In the works on view, Chiou draws on nature and memory to create layered works on paper that celebrate her father’s life, legacy, and memory. Each layer evokes feelings of hope, love and joy. Chiou is drawn to paper for its understated quality but also its resilience; it can be fragile and delicate but also strong and sturdy. She paints, cuts, and arranges various shapes and colors as if piecing together a puzzle; each shape, line, and color is a hint, trace, and impression of nature and memory.
Von Eichel takes advantage of the plasticity of her oil pastels that she shapes in twirling motion, as if animated by an organic life of its own. These works, part sorrow in their somber tones and joy in their bursts of bright colors, speak to impermanence and carry an emotional charge rooted in personal life experience.
Allison Gildersleeve’s landscape paintings vibrate with color and energy and, in some cases, a clutter of nature. However, as we navigate our way around the sensorially packed canvas, deciphering the occasional not immediately recognizable form, and enter fully into Gildersleeve’s works, a deep calm takes over. These works radiate the sensation of a familiar place although, where ever it is we are, is clearly cloaked in a magic veil.