(Sagaponack, NY) — The Madoo Conservancy is pleased to present Sundown, an exhibition of recent paintings by Elizabeth Hazan, on view in the summer studio from April 1 through May 6. Madoo is open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 12 – 4pm and by appointment. Please register at madoo.org/visit.
When Hopkins and Munch marveled at “remarkable skies in the 1880s the causes remained unknown to them [later revealed as the result of the Krakatoa Volcano in Indonesia]; today, as we seek what Hopkins called “inscapes” (an apt term for Hazan’s work) we are all too well aware of the interrelatedness of our fragile world, of its visible consequences, near and far.” -Raphael Rubinstein
— Elizabeth Hazan: Heatwave Catalogue, 2019 Johannes Vogt Gallery, NYC
Painting: Evening (with Orange), 2022.
Oil on Linen. 66×55”.
Elizabeth Hazan, an artist who mines the fertile territory between abstraction and representation, spent a significant period of her childhood on the East End of Long Island, surrounded by the open farm fields moments from the ocean, but also by the palpable history of painting – the Action and Color Field paintings of the Abstract Expressionists and the concurrent avant garde landscape painters. In Hazan’s work, painted as if hovering from above, time and space are collapsed into a heightened version of nature truer to experience, both internal and external. Imagery is a mixture of invention and recollection; meandering lines, both intuitive and decisive, loop the canvas loosely containing the soft-edge, idiosyncratic fields of rich color. It is a strange familiarity that you can’t quite put your finger on, ambiguous but also certain, uneasy but ultimately rewarding. And it reveals Hazan’s openness to the struggle of painting. She treats each landscape as a living thing, distinct and autonomous, evoking an atmosphere of a specific place that refuses to be named. Unlike Munch’s iconic painting in which nature needs an interpreter, Hazan’s are portraits of nature itself screaming to be heard and cherished and saved.
Elizabeth Hazan was born and raised in New York City and received a BA from Bryn Mawr College. She attended The New York Studio School and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has twice been a resident of Yaddo. Her work has been reviewed in Art Critical, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail and Two Coats of Paint. Solo and two-person exhibitions include Heatwave at Johannes Vogt, NYC in 2019, High Noon at Duck Creek, Springs, NY in 2021, and Body to Land at Turn Gallery, NYC in 2020. Her work has been included in recent exhibitions at Eric Firestone Gallery, Morgan Lehman Gallery, and The National Arts Club. She is the founder of Platform Project Space in Brooklyn, NY, featuring exhibitions of fellow contemporary artists.
The MADOO Conservancy is dedicated to the study, preservation, and enhancement of MADOO, the ever changing, horticulturally diverse garden with historic structures established in 1967 by artist, gardener, and writer Robert Dash in the village of Sagaponack, New York. At Madoo, a unique living tribute to the artistic imagination of its founder, we seek to continually engage, educate, and inspire our visitors within this entirely organic environment. The Madoo Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity.
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