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Current Exhibition:


Blast Wave

 New Paintings


Blast, Oil on canvas, 62 x 90 inches, 2013


Exhibition Dates:  February 20 – April 03, 2015

Artist’s Reception:  Friday, February 20, 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.


Carl Hammer Gallery welcomes back Grace Graupe Pillard for her second one person showing here.  In Blast Wave, the artist skillfully combines elements of both beauty and horror into her paintings.  Images that have been scavenged out of newsprint photos are transformed into large scale, frighteningly powerful, minimally recognizable abstractions of forces both terrible and glorious in their beholding.  When closely approaching the work, Graupe Pillard’s paintings seductively combine color, shapes and forms, bringing all elements together as a camouflage or a jigsaw puzzle abstraction. Yet, stepping away, with all the pixels falling into place, we focus, instead, on a tragic and terrible scene of power out of control, destructively threatening, yet so beautiful.  There is a perception of evil here, a personification combined with the artist’s painterly adroitness, equating to one’s encounter of a raging fire devouring a building or an immense stand of trees.  At the same time while recognizing its devastation, one cannot avoid admitting to its beauty.

More Images from the Exhibition:


Visit us at The Armory Show

March 5 – 8, 2015

Pier 92, Booth # 432

New York, NY

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