Sarah Elise Hall: Material Evidence

November 4 – December 18, 2016

Los Ojos is pleased to present new work by Sarah Elise Hall. In Material Evidence, her first solo show at the gallery, Hall presents new sculptures in pigmented cast marble. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, November 4 from 6 to 9 PM.

Hall’s work straddles the boundary between sculpture and painting. Her slabs in blue, black and white take the shapes of mass production and consumerism which are worn down into organic abstraction through her casting process. The slabs’ coloration is derived from dry powdered pigments, while the naturalistic vocabulary of pits and voids counteract the fine, minimal markings left over from industrial fabrication processes. Careful manipulation of the interaction between pigment, marble dust and binder allows Hall to create deep coloration and rich, pocked texture that evoke imagery of fossilization and erosion.

In Material Evidence, Hall presents a number of cast wall works of various sizes. Six medium-sized slabs and two large slabs are presented as individual variations on a common form, while a floor-to-ceiling matrix of individually cast small works create a pixelated topographical surface. The sculptures’ limited palette of material and form heightens the minute details of their pigmentation and texture. In addition to the wall-hanging works, Hall has transported the floor of her studio into the gallery, exhibiting the residual traces of her studio process as an unconsciously painterly work.

Hall holds a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design and an MFA from the New York Academy. Her work has been included in exhibitions in New York, Berlin, Toronto and Belgrade. She lives in Brooklyn and works in Queens.