Liz Jaff

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Liz Jaff’s Wallflower, her third exhibition with the gallery, explores reflections on longing, vulnerability, inner strength and the changing nature of relationships. Consisting of large-scale ink on paper drawings and a time-based installation of ink and dissolving paper, the two bodies of work offer different perceptions of time passed and passing, highlighting the ephemerality of experience and the intangible nature of loss. They ask the viewer to experience time by capturing a particular moment or watching it undo itself in the present.

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Bits and Pieces features three artists, Pauline Galiana, Liz Jaff and Jim Osman, whose artwork consists of small parts composed together to create a larger whole. Through the repetition of similar units or the construction of site-specific elements Bits and Pieces is an exploration of form, space and materials.

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Inspired by the Elizabeth Bishop poem Casabianca, Overboard employs the minimal, abstract geometry artist Liz Jaff has developed over the last 15 years to explore ideas of love, commitment and sacrifice, memory of time and space. For this exhibition, composed of two large-scale works, titled Mark Twain and The Good Boy, Jaff obsessively cuts, folds and sews paper and string with exacting consistency. Her compulsion to make sense of time and space through repetition, shape and form are reflected in the visual metaphors of Bishop’s poem.

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Liz Jaff creates installations and objects which reflect her personal impression of space and memory. She explores the structural attributes and aesthetic qualities intrinsic to paper that she cuts and folds into highly formal compositions in both objects and large-scale installations. Her ink drawings continue these investigations by diagramming folds using ink soaked cloth to make patterns on paper. This exhibition will feature new cut and folded paper pieces and ink on paper drawings produced at the artist’s studios in Greenwich Village and Southampton, NY.

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