Elizabeth Atterbury
3 May - 6 June 2014
Opening Reception: 3 May 2014, 6 - 8 pm

Press Release

Boston Globe Review

Image List
Installation Views


Slow Song, 2013, Chromogenic print, 14 x 11 inches

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Press Release

Elizabeth Atterbury's work of the last two years largely consists of small-scale pictures of impermanent constructions and two-dimensional compositions arranged and photographed in the studio. This work builds upon a continued interest in display and its visual structures, along with a more recent absorption in abstraction within painting and sculpture. Her fascination with the autonomy of the artifact - objects disassociated from their original function and context - has extended her practice into the realm of sculptural objects. Whether they are double-sided reliefs or small totems, these enigmatic objects are created using the same distillation process as her photographs. Atterbury's approach in creating the black and white photographs of still lifes and interiors relate them to the color photographs and sculptures. These interior scenes, photographed in a private residence in Maine, show Atterbury’s treatment of the interior of the house as if it were a museum, charging the daily environment of a home with the stillness and detachment of preserved objects.  By compressing a diverse array of visual signs, forms, and histories into a singular object, the works transform the idiosyncrasies of subjective taste and experience into icons.


On the mountain and in the tropical garden too,
the horizon line is not always at eye level.
Thunder in endless columns.
the result of some confluence,
likely influenced by the growth of plants.
 
Maybe it is best left unexplained,
how the dish and the house and the pole of wave
were buried in those vertical red earths.
 
Then what is to make of the signs in the field?
A composition in four colors,
surface to surface,
in four directions,
a sort of experiment with calligraphy.

-Elizabeth Atterbury


Elizabeth Atterbury works primarily in photography and sculpture. She had a recent solo exhibition at Document in Chicago and has patrcipated in group exhibitions at Heaven Gallery in Chicago and KANSAS in New York, among others. In the Middle, An Oasis, a monograph of her work, was published by Bodega Press in 2013. She has an upcoming 2014 show at Bodega in New York in the fall and a solo exhibition at the Colby College Museum of Art in 2015. Atterbury holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She currently lives and works in Portland, ME.

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Image List


The Study, 2012, silver gelatin print, 14 x 11 inches


Blue Runner Night, 2012, chromogenic color print, 14 x 11 inches


Relief (Natural Gray), 2014, plywood, paint, 34 x 23 5/8 x 2 1/2 inches


Relief (Studio Clay), 2014, MDF, paint, 26 7/8 x 24 x 2 inches


Big Cedah, 2014, wood, 35 3/8 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/8 inches


Big Black, 2014, powder-coated steel, wood, 48 3/8 x 33 5/8 x 6 inches


Still Life with Landline, 2013, silver gelatin print, 14 x 11 inches


Relief (Brown Eyes), 2014, MDF, paint, 36 1/4 x 23 3/4 x 2 inches


After HB II, 2013m, wood, clay, paint, 9 3/8 x 13 7/8 x 1 1/2 inches


Best Behavior, 2014, wood, dimensions variable

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Installation Views


Elizabeth Atterbury, Installation View, 2014


Elizabeth Atterbury, Installation View, 2014


Elizabeth Atterbury, Installation View, 2014


Elizabeth Atterbury, Installation View, 2014


Elizabeth Atterbury, Installation View, 2014


Elizabeth Atterbury, Installation View, 2014


Elizabeth Atterbury, Installation View, 2014


Elizabeth Atterbury, Installation View, 2014


Elizabeth Atterbury, Installation View, 2014


Elizabeth Atterbury, Installation View, 2014