Avery Lawrence:
Moving A Tree

Plus Elizabeth Huey, David Kramer and Jon-Phillip Sheridan

Avery Lawrence: Moving A Tree
SCOPE Miami, Booth D-1
November 29th - December 4th, 2011

SCOPE Pavilion | Wynwood Arts District
NE 1st Ave (Midtown Blvd) @ NE 30th St
Miami, FL

Heiner Contemporary is excited to announce its participation in SCOPE Miami, an art fair that runs concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach. Now in its 11th year, SCOPE Miami has built a reputation as a premier showcase for emerging contemporary art. The gallery's booth will feature a multi-media presentation by Avery Lawrence, as well as a selection of small works by Elizabeth Huey, David Kramer, and Jon-Phillip Sheridan.

Lawrence's work, entitled Moving A Tree, documents and re-presents a performance centered on the story of a tree and the characters that destroy and then rebuild it. The project comprises various elements, including live performance, video, installation, photography, and drawing. The narrative opens as the artist considers an ailing walnut tree and continues as he responds to a deep-seated drive to destroy it. Once the tree has been completely felled, Lawrence sets about the task of rebuilding it piece by piece. He is able to resurrect the tree through an enormous physical effort, but only in broken form. Through his engagement, destruction and rebuilding of the tree, Lawrence explores personal family histories and offers a poetic account of the ephemeral quality of all natural things.

Lawrence graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a degree in Visual Studies. Soon thereafter, he was commissioned by Chester River Press to create 52 illustrations for a fine press printing of the Iliad and Odyssey. In 2009, he founded The Pomp, an experimental studio and print shop in Charlottesville, VA. Lawrence premiered Moving A Tree at the 2011 (e)merge art fair in Washington, DC, where it received excellent reviews and featured in publications, including New American Paintings Blog, ArtINFO, and Artnet.com. Lawrence lives and works in New Orleans, LA.

Born in Virginia, Elizabeth 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.

Trained as a painter at George Washington University (BA Fine Arts 1985) and as a sculptor at Pratt Institute (MFA 1987), Kramer's work has been exhibited throughout North America and Europe. Recent shows include exhibitions at Galerie Laurent Godin in Paris (2009 and 2010), Galleria Traghetto in Italy (2007), and Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels (2010). Kramer has received many awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 1989, Sculpture Space Residency in 1992, and Yaddo Residency in 2008. Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York mounted a retrospective of the artist's work last year.

Jon-Phillip Sheridan graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art, MD (BA Fine Arts, 2000), completed the Aunspaugh Fellowship Seminar at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville (2004) and received an MFA in Photography and Film at Virginia Commonwealth University (2011). Recent solo shows include Direct Object, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA and Photographs, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA. Sheridan has received awards, including the Graduate Research Grant, VCU School of the Arts and the Editorial Prize, Photography.Book.Now (2009).

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