In Line / Out of Line

Chip Allen, Katherine Sable, & Camilo Sanín

In Line/Out of Line: Chip Allen, Katherine Sable, & Camilo Sanín
November 18, 2011 - January 14, 2012
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 19, 6-8 pm

Heiner Contemporary is thrilled to announce the opening of In Line/Out of Line, a group exhibition that brings together abstract painters Chip Allen, Katherine Sable and Camilo Sanín. These artists use form, line, and color to create compositions that vary widely, ranging from intuitive to deliberate, loose to rigid, cacophonous to melodic. Firmly rooted in the tradition of abstraction, their paintings are non-representational, but suggest lived experiences and human emotions.

In 1943, Ad Reinhardt said that with abstract art content is not necessarily captured in a subject or story, but comes instead from the process of painting. So it is in the work of Allen, Sable, and Sanín, whose paintings are replete with marks that relay the physical movements of their making. In Allen's work, for example, patterns resulting from the artist's strict adherence to self-imposed parameters compete with loose spills and expressionistic brushstrokes to create dramatic, textural compositions that ride the line between chance and control. Sable's work also explores the meeting point of intention and accident. She delves deeply into thinking about opposites, creating a dialogue between conceptions of masculine and feminine through paint application and her use of color and pattern. Sanín's painstakingly controlled works are notable for their mature precision and bold color; they draw on memories of places of personal significance like his native Bogota, Colombia. Together, the artists presented in In Line/Out of Line are working to create new ways of visually describing the world and human interaction.

Allen achieved a BFA in 1998 from the University of Hartford and an MFA from Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of Art in 2007. He has exhibited extensively, including a solo show at DRWR Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) and group shows at ATM Gallery (New York, NY) and Cat Gallery (Providence, RI). Allen's work has been featured in two editions of New American Paintings, including the 2007 Annual MFA edition. He has worked as a draftsman for the Sol LeWitt Foundation since his graduation from Rutgers.

Sable graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech in 2005 and went on to pursue an MFA at American University, which she received in 2009. She was the recipient of a Mellon Research Grant for two consecutive years and was profiled in the Suddenspace Blog in 2010. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center (Washington, DC) and the Walker Fine Art Center (Martinsville, VA).

After receiving a BA in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Maryland in 2008, Sanín was awarded an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Conner Contemporary selected Sanín to be one of nineteen artists featured in ACADEMY 2011, the gallery's annual invitational survey of outstanding work by area BFA and MFA students, and his work has been included in exhibitions at C2 Fine Art (Tampa, FL) and Orchard Gallery (Bethesda, MD). Recently the State Department's Art in Embassies Program chose one of his paintings for display at the US Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana.

In Line/Out of Line will be on view at Heiner Contemporary November 18, 2011 - January 14, 2012. The gallery will host an opening reception on Saturday, November 19 from 6-8pm. Heiner Contemporary is located at 1675 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. For more information about the gallery and upcoming exhibitions, email

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