Elizabeth Huey:
Polychromatic Projection

Opening Reception: Friday, May 20, 2011, 6:00 to 8:00pm
Artist’s talk: Saturday, June 18, 2011, 5pm

Opening on May 20, Heiner Contemporary is pleased to present Elizabeth Huey: Polychromatic Projection – a solo exhibition of work by New York artist Elizabeth Huey featuring new paintings, installation and video. The exhibition marks the launch of Heiner Contemporary as well as the artist’s first solo show in Washington, DC.

Both sinister and sublime, Huey’s large prismatic paintings are informed by the chronicles of psychiatry: its characters, institutions and hidden histories. Loose spills, abstract shapes and primitive scratchings interact with wild vegetation, archaic contraptions, and looming architecture to create surprising scale shifts and spatial arrangements. Depicting the urge and subsequent challenge to accurately measure the past, Huey’s multi-layered panoramas explore the drama of discovery and complexity of social interaction.

Awarded a Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship in 2008, Huey spent months in DC combing the vast Smithsonian archives. She says: “I was overwhelmed by the labyrinth of information and inspired by the systems the Smithsonian uses to catalogue...I found its accuracy and imperfections mind-boggling. It is curious to recognize how aspects of the past get magnified and misconstrued, projected, repressed and sometimes simply lost. Since my background lies in psychology, it’s easy for me to see a correlation in psychoanalysis...the similarities in the phenomenon of remembering, forgetting and understanding personal and collective histories.”

Mining the past for imagery and hidden narratives is integral to Huey’s process. Some of the paintings in Polychromatic Projection focus on historical figures specific to Washington, DC, like Clara Barton, whose Victorian mansion was under siege by a roller coaster, and the widowed spiritualist Mary Todd Lincoln.

Born in Virginia, Huey currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her BA in Psychology from George Washington University and studied at both the Marchutz School in France and the New York Studio School before receiving her MFA in Painting from Yale University in 2002. She has received numerous awards such as a Terra Museum of American Art Fellowship and Residency in Giverny, France (2001), a travel fellowship to Italy from Johns Hopkins University (2006), and an Artist Research Fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution (2008). Huey’s paintings have been exhibited extensively both in the U.S. and abroad and are in collections such as the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia.

Elizabeth Huey: Polychromatic Projection will be on view at Heiner Contemporary May 20 –July 2, 2011, with an opening reception on Friday, May 20th, from 6-8pm and artist’s talk on Saturday, June 18th, at 5pm.

Heiner Contemporary is located at 1675 Wisconsin Ave, NW. For more information about the gallery and upcoming exhibitions, email info(at)heinercontemporary.com

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