Open Doors: June Edmonds, Carl E. Hazlewood, Helen Evans Ramsaran, Chris Watts

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Open Doors: June Edmonds, Carl E. Hazlewood, Helen Evans Ramsaran, Chris Watts

to Fri 5 Aug 2022

528 West 26th Street, NY 10001 Open Doors: June Edmonds, Carl E. Hazlewood, Helen Evans Ramsaran, Chris Watts

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm


Special event: Galerie Lelong: Dialogues | Galleries x Galleries. A virtual panel featuring Luis De Jesus, Ivy N. Jones (Welancora Gallery), Mary Sabbatino (Galerie Lelong & Co.); Kibum Kim (Commonwealth and Council) and Friedrich Petzel; Diego Singh (CENTRAL FINE) and Donald Johnson Montenegro (Luhring Augustine). Thursday 14 July, 2pm EDT. Register

Galerie Lelong & Co. hosts Welancora Gallery and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Galerie Lelong & Co., New York presents the group exhibition Open Doors, organized with Welancora Gallery (Brooklyn, New York) and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. Works by the galleries’ artists: Carl E. Hazlewood, Helen Evans Ramsaran, Chris Watts (represented by Welancora Gallery), and June Edmonds (represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles) are presented in an unprecedented collaboration at Galerie Lelong’s location in Chelsea. A virtual panel with the artists will be held the week after the exhibition opens.

Artworks

Under the Radar, 2022

Acrylic on canvas
45 x 57 in (114.3 x 144.8 cm)
© June Edmonds Courtesy of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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Alpina de las Aguas, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
96 x 120 in (243.8 x 304.8 cm)
© June Edmonds Courtesy of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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Gilda closed her eyes, didn't share her dreams, but smiled, 2022

Acrylic on canvas
78 x 64 in (198.1 x 162.6 cm)
© June Edmonds Courtesy of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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Joy of Other Suns, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
Diptych, each: 88 x 61 in (223.5 x 154.9 cm) Overall: 88 x 128 in (223.5 x 325.1 cm)
© June Edmonds Courtesy of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

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BlackHead Anansi:Constellations, 2022

Polyester, vinyl tape, push pins, map pins, oil pastel, mesh, metallic cord, and pigment ink Site-specific installation
© Carl E. Hazlewood Courtesy of Welancora Gallery

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BlackHead Anansi: Illusion Forbidden Fruit, 2020

Polyester, cut Hahnemuhle paper, vinyl tape, push pins, grommet, plastic mesh, map pins, oil pastel, acrylic, pigment ink
51 x 34 in (129.5 x 86.4 cm)
© Carl E. Hazlewood Courtesy of Welancora Gallery

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BlackHead Anansi - Her Slow Dance, 2022

Polyester, cut Hahnemuhle paper, vinyl tape, push pins, map pins, oil pastel, acrylic, metallic cord, pigment ink
51 x 34 in (129.5 x 86.4 cm)
© Carl E. Hazlewood Courtesy of Welancora Gallery

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The spirits that lend strength are invisible X (Nyan), 2021

Pigment, resin, polyester
76 x 64 in (193 x 162.6 cm)
© Chris Watts Courtesy of Welancora Gallery

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The spirits that lend strength are invisible XI, 2022

Pigment, resin, polyester
72 x 64 in (182.9 x 162.6 cm)
© Chris Watts Courtesy of Welancora Gallery

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The sprits that lend strength are invisible IX (Great Spirit), 2022

Pigment, resin, polyester
76 x 64 in (193 x 162.6 cm)
© Chris Watts Courtesy of Welancora Gallery

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The spirits that lend strength are invisible XII (Seated Shaman), 2022

Pigment, resin, silk
64 x 44 in (162.6 x 111.8 cm)
© Chris Watts Courtesy of Welancora Gallery

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In Open Doors, a multi-generational group of abstractionists present works on paper, painting and sculpture. Within the larger gallery space, works by Hazlewood, Ramsaran, and Watts are firmly rooted in an abstract visual language developed by manipulating and reimagining a diverse group of materials. Working seamlessly across painting, installation, and drawing, Carl E. Hazlewood employs paper, map pins, push pins and polyester to create shifting planes that relay a message of joy and resilience despite insurmountable odds. Helen Evans Ramsaran distills memories from her early childhood imagination into thin bronze relief sculpture in her series titled Visual Tales. As observed by Antwaun Sargent, “Ramsaran’s skeletal works are a part of a sculptural tradition that include artists such as Jack Whitten, Elizabeth Catlett, Mel Edwards and Simone Leigh who also draw on what the late curator Okwui Enwezor called, ‘the spatial language which inhabit African sculptural idioms.’” Chris Watts’s practice centers on the transfiguration of painting, drawing, video, and installation. He employs resin, found wood, silk and pigment to create lush atmospheric paintings as an act that disrupts and re-examines social and political narratives.

In the gallery’s smaller space, June Edmonds’s latest body of work, titled Joy of Other Suns, uses social abstraction to navigate the complex issues of race and history. In four paintings, Edmonds commemorates the contributions of African-American female pioneers and early landowners in Southern California, identifying four women and expanding on their histories. In many new works from this series, a marked departure from Edmonds’s layered impasto texture is observed, where the artist now employs a flatter application of paint. Her works enter a wider conversation about painting and geometric abstraction; with prominent leaf shapes embodying feminine energy and birth while the sinuous curves allude to the geography and streets where these women lived. Edmonds points to the paradox of these trailblazing Black women once owning the very land of some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the United States. Joy of Other Suns references Isabel Wilkerson’s book, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, a historical study of the mass exodus of Black Americans from the South, that in turn was drawn from a poem by Richard Wright, reflecting on his own experience migrating from the South to Chicago in the 1920s.

With the initiative to host other galleries originating from founding members of Galleries Curate, across the US and UK, Sadie Coles HQ and Petzel have also offered their exhibition spaces this summer, creating a platform for exchange and dialogue.

Installation view of Open Doors: June Edmonds, Carl E. Hazlewood, Helen Evans Ramsaran, Chris Watts, Galerie Lelong & Co., New York, June 30 to August 5, 2022. Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co., New York.


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