Opening reception March 26, 6-8 PM,
preceded by artist talk from 5-6 PM.
"WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is pleased to present Josephine Halvorson: Slow Burn, a solo exhibition of the artists paintings, on view from March 26 through May 31, 2015. The opening will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6:00 PM, with an artist talk in SECCAs Scott McChesney Dunn Auditorium from 5:00-6:00 pm, preceding the opening.
Slow Burn gathers a selection of twenty-three oil paintings by Josephine Halvorson, a contemporary artist who orients traditional approaches to painting towards an experiential and environmental art practice. Halvorson paints outdoors, en plein air, in locales across America and the world, translating found objects into images and creating a connection between artist, object and place. Exploring the world at hand, she uncovers the material and local history embodied in post-industrial machines and in architectural structures and surfaces. Halvorsons use of color, wet-on-wet handling, and insistence on painting for uninterrupted periods lend immediacy and intensity to the act of perception. The paintings sustain the slow, absorbed looking suggested by the exhibitions title.
My practice is one of understanding an object in time: its history, its function, its place in the world, its environmentand my own relationship to it, the artist has said. Halvorsons twenty-three portraits of the inanimate world bear witness to a haptic encounter between herself, her subject, the material of paint, plus time. One arrives at meaning with Halvorsons paintings, says Curator Cora Fisher, through the sensation that the past, present, and future can be touched in a form recognizable in everyday life.
Josephine Halvorson: Slow Burn and the upcoming Main Gallery exhibition, Alternative Modernisms look to expand our sense of the contemporary through artists who negotiate the past, intervening in pictorial traditions and accounts of history.
Josephine Halvorson (Brewster, MA) has exhibited across the United States, Europe and Asia, with solo shows in New York and Paris. She is currently a fellow at the French Academy in Rome at the Villa Medici. Her work has appeared on Art21's New York Close Up documentary series and her writings on art in Afterall online and Art Journal. Halvorson teaches in the graduate program in Painting at Yale University School of Art, and she has taught at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship in 2003-4, the Tiffany Foundation Grant in 2009, and the NYFA Arts Award in 2010. She lives and works between New York and Massachusetts.
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- A Press Release