A strange weave of space and time: the unique appearance or semblance of distance, no matter how close it may be. While at rest on a summer’s noon, to trace a range of mountain on the horizon, or a branch that throws its shadows on the observer, until the moment or the hour become part of their appearance- this is what it means to breathe the aura of those mountains, that branch. – Walter Benjamin
The Elkon Gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition with Vicky Colombet: Paintings from 2007 – 2018. With a career spanning over three decades, Colombet’s abstract paintings, works on paper, prints, photography, and architectural glass projects exist in conversation with various art historical movements: from traditional Chinese Painting to Abstract Expressionism. Eleven paintings, ranging in size from 18 x 24 inches (45 x 61 cm) and 72 x72 inches (183 x183 cm) will be presented at the gallery.
Colombet’s singular approach to painting is a rich experimentation with natural pigments, including the weight of material, granulation, chemical response, and their specific vibrations when grinding. For Colombet, pigments represent the forces of the universe as she creates parallels of energy between the particles and the physical movements of the brushstrokes. The use of pure pigment gives a unique vibration and emotional resonance. My paintings are non-objective, Colombet says but they come from a place where abstraction and nature meet. Not only inspired by nature in the end result, but also in every step of the process.
In the Spring of 2020, Vicky Colombet: In Dialogue with Claude Monet will open at the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. Conceived in homage to Claude Monet, Colombet’s Water and Light Series evokes two of the great themes explored by the leading Impressionist.
Colombet was born in Paris, France in 1953 and currently lives and works in New York. She has lived and maintained studios in Paris, the South of France, Barcelona and the Cévennes. She has a studio at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts and a studio barn in the Hudson Valley, where she works on large-scale paintings.
Colombet is included in numerous public and private collections including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg, Fl. She is the Recipient of the Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Foundation Grant (2001) and the Pollock- Krasner Foundation Grant (2014). A member of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in Manhattan since 2004, she became an American Citizen in 2013.
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