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Suspending: New Work by Francie Hester at Susan Eley Fine Art

Susan Eley Fine Art is pleased to present Suspending: New Work by Francie Hester, ongoing through May 31. This exhibition is Hester’s second with SEFA, following the success of Materialize, a two-person show with Amber George (2014).  A highlight of Suspending will be the debut showing of forty Daily Drawings, created as a sort of visual diary while on sabbatical in NYC in 2018. Each work on paper, 21 x 17 inches, rendered with acrylic and gold leaf, was a response to her immersion in New York’s art world during the busy spring season. Together, the cycle makes a powerful visual impact, as seemingly random patterns overlap between the 40 individual drawings.

Hester is most widely known for her paintings on aluminum panels in a variety of shapes and sizes. Living somewhere between painting and sculpture, these works are generally installed several inches off the wall, as if floating.

This current body of work, called “Suspending,” plays on elements of visual contrast: order and disorder, chaos and calm, pattern and randomness. Reflecting on how pattern emerges from random events, how random events form memory, and how the passage of time shapes a life, her work evokes the unknown or unknowable and draws on the ordering principles of mathematics and science to contemplate how order, sequence and memory are created from random events. Using geometric circles, fragmented or whole, intermingled and intersected with other forms, curvilinear or straight edged, Hester creates spaces where these visual opposites meet, where our eye can rest, where our hearts and minds find visual fulfillment, equilibrium—where we can suspend.

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