This exhibition brings together recent sculptures by Elizabeth Atterbury, Gordon Hall, and Anna Hepler. Each piece engages the architecture directly, touching the floor and walls– leaning, resting, standing, draping. Ranging from re-creations of recognizable things to abstract forms, these sculptures interrogate the potential for objects to affect us emotionally, socially, and physically.
Each working within their own purview, these three artists share a commitment to creating spare works with simple materials including wood, ceramic, metal, concrete, cardboard, and paper. Each employs color as an integral component, ranging from paint and pigment to colored pencil and stain.
The term spatial relations refers to how an object is located in space in reference to another object, along with the charged space between them. Here, it is deployed to describe not only the variety of physical and conceptual relationships between the works in this exhibition, but also the evolving conversation among these three artists.
Spatial Relations is made possible in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, with additional support from DOCUMENT (Chicago), Hesse Flatow (New York, NY), and Mrs. (Maspeth, NY). The exhibition is curated by CMCA’s Executive Director & Chief Curator, Timothy Peterson in collaboration with Curatorial Assistant, Rachel Romanski.
About the artists:
Elizabeth Atterbury has exhibited at The Luminary (St. Louis), the Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville), Et. Al. Etc. (San Francisco), Kate Werble Gallery (New York), and in Portland at The ICA at Maine College of Art, and the Portland Museum of Art. Atterbury received a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from MassArt. Atterbury lives in Portland and is represented by DOCUMENT (Chicago) and Mrs. (Maspeth, NY).
Gordon Hall has exhibited extensively at venues including the Renaissance Society (Chicago), Brooklyn Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens) and in New York City at The Drawing Center, Whitney Museum of American Art, and White Columns. Hall received an MA from Hampshire College and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Hall lives in New York with long ties to the state of Maine and is represented by DOCUMENT (Chicago).
Anna Hepler has exhibited internationally at venues including the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (Halifax), University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor), Roswell Museum (New Mexico), DeCordova Sculpture Park and Garden (Lincoln, MA), The National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) and Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo).
A special thank you to Annie Bailey, Hannah Berta, Nico Bourkas, James Chute, and Elijah Ober for their installation expertise in making this exhibition possible.