Libby Hartle “Shades and Shallows” and Kristen Jensen “intermission”


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OUTLET FINE ART presents two one-person exhibitions featuring the work of Libby Hartle and Kristen Jensen. Libby Hartle: Shades and Shallows will feature new works in collage by Hartle. Kristen Jensen: intermission will feature a video installation and ceramic objects by Jensen.

In her first solo exhibition since 2008, Libby Hartle combines drawing and collage to create steely works of simple geometric patterns: a diamond, a chevron, a grid. These drawings are created through hours upon hours of obsessive drawing that generate mysterious fields of gray. Hartle then cuts and collages the drawings into a prepared matrix. These simple shapes play off their random gestural beginnings and offer a duality of spontaneity and order.

Stripped of color, Hartle’s work relies on gradient to imply motion and depth. The messy graphite lines create a tension with the strong geometric shapes that contain them. They may be architectural—a window frame offering a glimpse of a cold monochromatic city. Or if may reference nature—a cascading waterfall.

“If you are of a certain mindset, you will believe that the time, the experiences, the emotions of those hours are recorded and encoded in the drawings. You will believe that the thing that makes a magic object are the experiences that are transferred into it as a record of time. There is a chaos to this- the raw, open-ended line making- that gets shaped and structured through cutting up and arranging of the final collages. A calm composition of disorder.” – Libby Hartle

Libby Hartle lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA with honors in sculpture from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2000. Her work has been presented at Norte Maar, Pocket Utopia, and The Wassaic Project among others.

Kristen Jensen is an artist who works across media, but is known more for her sculptural installations. She has consistently nurtured complementary aspects of her practice that are conceptually relevant. The video “intermission” is a sequence culled from a degraded drive-in movie intermission reel found in upstate New York. Jensen was entranced by the burned out and faded images that naturally occurred from years of use, resulting in an ominous cloud that hovers throughout the sequences suggesting a pathos that lies behind the once romantic image. Notions of physical degradation and the durability of mediums have always been implicit in her work and through the breakdown of the film we see the intentionality of the romantic interlude give way to the chance abstractions that play across the screen. Jensen is interested in creating sculptural objects and playing with their implicit use.

For her exhibition at Outlet, Jensen has created an intimate viewing room for the projection of her first film titled “intermission.” The room includes a pair of hand-made ceramic benches whose proportions uncomfortably seat two viewers.

Kristen Jensen lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA from Hunter College in 2010. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at Wallspace, Nicelle Beauchene, Norte Maar, and Bortolami Gallery among others. Recent performances were featured during Art Basel Miami 2014 and NADA 2014.



from September 11, 2015 to October 04, 2015

Opening Reception on 2015-09-11 from 19:00 to 22:00

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