Jul 15–Aug 26, 2017

Avery Z Nelson (7), New Work from Avery Z. Nelson


The Lighthouse Works is thrilled to present new work from Avery Z. Nelson as part of our Legacy Exhibition Series.

The exhibition at the Annex Gallery combines two bodies of work from Nelson both, which have their origins in their time as a fellow at Lighthouse Works in the summer of 2013; the Recto/Verso series Nelson made in 2015 and the Cut-outs series which followed in 2016.

Nelson’s paintings, with their cuts and holes, complicate the surfaces of the works. Challenging us as viewers to reflect not only on their hidden figurations, vibrant colors and formal structures but also the psychological spaces of the work’s voids, bared supports and what it is that is really being withheld. As Thea Nichols wrote in a review of Nelson’s show at Cleve Carney in Artforum.com[1], “These are paintings you look at but also see through.”

[1] https://www.artforum.com/index.php?pn=picks&id=55950&view=print

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Avery Z. Nelson was born in Rhinebeck, NY and received their MFA from Columbia University. Nelson has recently exhibited their work at Rachel Uffner Gallery (NYC), Mrs. Gallery (Queens), Harper’s Gallery (East Hampton), PS 122 (NYC), and JDJ TriBeCa (NYC). Nelson has mounted solo exhibitions at the Rubber Factory (NYC) and JDJ|The Ice House (Garrison , NY). Their work has been reviewed in numerous publications including The Brooklyn Rail, Artforum, Artspace, and New American Paintings. In 2019-2021 they were awarded a rent-free studio through the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in Brooklyn.