Alison Hall: East of Blue

June 17 - July 31, 2015

Steven Harvey is proud to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Brooklyn based artist Alison Hall. This is her first solo exhibition in New York City.

Hall’s indigo blue and black abstractions are deeply rooted in a practice of ritual, mediation and repetition. She creates incredibly intricate geometric patterns in graphite on top of an exquisite Venetian plaster surface to subtly shimmering effect.

Hall has spent many summers in Italy, studying 13th century Italian fresco and chapel adornment. Her line work is related to the decorative patterns found in early renaissance painting. She prepares her surfaces with a centuries-old recipe for Venetian plaster that combines gesso of Bologna and rabbit skin glue; each panel receives 14 layers and is sanded between coats. The physical and psychological devotion required of this process is both a form of meditation as well as a connection to the religious painting tradition from which it derives. Hall’s paintings, though not explicitly religious, posses a mystical and at times monastic energy.

Hall’s work is steeped in the tradition and trajectory of geometric abstraction, quietly in dialogue with painting as diverse as Giotto’s Scrovegni fresco cycles, Stanley Lewis, James Bishop and Blinky Palermo.

Hall received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from American University in Washington, DC. Hall has held teaching positions at the University of Virginia, Chautauqua Institute of Art, Hollins University, Virginia Tech, and Roanoke College. Her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Kunstgaleriebonn, Germany; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She was the recipient of the Bethesda Urban Partnership Fellowship and a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship. Please contact the gallery for further information or photographs.