Reception: May 14th - 5-8pm

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Document is pleased to present Happy Sunny Jade, Elizabeth Atterbury’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. The show includes recent photographs and sculptures that demonstrate her fluid negotiation of two and three dimensions. Meandering between image and object, Atterbury makes reference to cultural and geographical points of origin.

Many of Atterbury’s black-and-white photographs are “abstract”—a paradox for straight photography, which is always tethered to the world. Closer inspection reveals them to be compositions of humble, familiar materials such as cut cardboard and sand. Alternating between areas of light and dark, the cardboard photos produce convincing interplays between flatness and depth. Arrayed horizontally so that their corrugated innards align on the vertical axis, the cardboard strips produce dense grids. “I wanted to create a space that felt infinitely deep,” the artist recalls, “like an endless corridor of mirrors, but at the same time impenetrable, like when a window is removed from a building and filled in with brick.” The Logogram series accentuates these effects by tilting some cardboard bands onto diagonal axes, imagining them as stills from of a stop-motion collage where different cut bands move and arrange and rearrange and settle, constructing a word or phrase.

The wooden and steel sculptures in this exhibition take something like the reverse approach, arranging networks of ambiguous forms that derive from highly specific, lived references. Sunny Side, FL, a group of steel sculptures, painted black, creates in miniature an imaginary sculpture park from the artist’s hometown. Actual structures and forms, places, people, and ideas are reduced and abstracted into simple, modernist shapes and hieroglyphs: a bull shark, palm trees, the sun rising in the west, the artist’s grandmother or mother – hair down, a tomb, the manicured landscape, the shaped hedges, modern houses, Noguchi’s Intetra, Mist Fountain….physicalized shadows of a place that is perpetually in the sun. Long Life, on the other hand, adapts the design from generic noodle bowls into a continuous loping form that recalls a pre-Colombian architectural design.

Atterbury’s sand photographs yield highly tactile surfaces that serve as backdrops for mark making. In fact, the artist’s three-dimensional objects have produced these marks, yoking her sculpture and photography together. The artist conceives of a mythic scenario for these marks: an “idle ancient” has produced them. This ancient, or ancestor, passes the time, making unconscious marks in the sand – like picking blades of grass. In contrast to this, she adds Still Life with Popcorn and Pits, a kitchen still-life with avocado pits sitting in a glass of water, a reminder for the real world that acts or represents an actual ‘location’ for the other work to exist.

Elizabeth Atterbury (born 1982, West Palm Beach, FL) lives and works in Portland, Maine. Recent solo and group shows include The Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville; kijidome, Boston; Document, Chicago; TSA, Brooklyn; Bodega, Philadelphia/New York; KANSAS, New York; and The ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland, among others. In the Middle, An Oasis, a monograph of her work, was published by Bodega Press in 2013. She received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from MassArt.

Elizabeth Atterbury

Elizabeth Atterbury (born 1982, West Palm Beach, FL) lives and works in Portland, Maine. Recent solo and group shows include The Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville; kijidome, Boston; Document, Chicago; TSA, Brooklyn; Bodega, Philadelphia/New York; KANSAS, New York; and The ICA at Maine College of Art, Portland, among others. In the Middle, An Oasis, a monograph of her work, was published by Bodega Press in 2013. She received her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from MassArt.

The Well, The Wall, 2016 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 in

The Well, The Wall II, 2016 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 in

Beach Woks (Marks of a Tool II), 2016 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 in

Still Life with Popcorn and Pits, 2016 Silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Logogram III, 2016 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 in

Logogram II, 2016 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 in

Logogram I, 2016 Silver gelatin print 20 x 24 in

Sunny Side, FL (Tomb), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 12 x 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in

Sunny Side, FL (The Cut), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 13 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 1 1/4 in

Sunny Side, FL (Sunset Hedge), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 1 1/2 x 16 x 2 1/2 in

Sunny Side, FL (Small House), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 1 x 16 3/4 x 14 1/2 in

Sunny Side, FL (Bull Shark), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 2 1/2 x 18 x 1 1/2 in

Sunny Side, FL (Paper Cut / Hedge), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 10 x 9 x 1 3/4 in

Sunny Side, FL (Noguchi's Intetra, Mist Fountain), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 11 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in

Sunny Side, FL (Lawn), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 9 x 9 in

Sunny Side, FL (Big House), 2016 Enamel paint, steel 16 x 18 x 6 in

Sunny Side, FL (Palms), 2015 Enamel paint, steel 17 1/2 x 11 x 16 in

Relief (China White), 2015 Plywood and paint 33 x 48 x 1 3/4 in

Moonlight on the river, 2014, chromogenic print 14 x 11 in

Slow Song, 2014, chromogenic print 14 x 11 in

Marks of a tool, 2014, silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Rake, 2014, Silver gelatin print 24h x 20w in

Ghost Tracks, 2014, Silver gelatin print 24h x 20w in

Black Beach, 2014, silver gelatin print 14 x 11 in.

Bones, 2014 Silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Glyphs II, 2014 Silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Glyphs, 2014 Silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Site, 2014 Silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Sculpture Park, 2014 Silver gelatin print 11 x 14 in

Bricks, 2013, chromogenic print 14 x 11 in

Harry, Henri, Sal, 2013, chromogenic print 14 x 11 in

Blue runner, 2013, chromogenic print 14 x 11 in

BETWEEN THE WATERS

ERIN JANE NELSON

The Whitney Museum of American Art

Opening March 2018


This group exhibition features works by six emerging artists that address the inseparability of the natural and social worlds through a distinctly subjective or autobiographical lens. The artists included are: Carolina Caycedo (b. 1978, London; lives and works in Los Angeles, CA), Demian DinéYazhi ́(b. 1983, Gallup, NM; lives and works in Portland, OR), Torkwase Dyson (b. 1973, Chicago, IL; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY), Cy Gavin (b. 1985, Pittsburgh, PA; lives and works in New York, NY), Lena Henke (b. 1982, Warburg, Germany; lives and works New York, NY), and Erin Jane Nelson (b. 1989, Neenah, WI; lives and works in Atlanta, GA). Working in painting, sculpture, and video, these artists take environmental realities and histories of the land as a point of departure—from hydroelectric dam construction in Colombia and transatlantic underwater internet cables to Bermuda’s ecological and sociopolitical evolution—to create intuitive, sometimes fictional or fantastical narratives. In doing so, these works merge the mythical and the personal, collectively asserting the value of individual human experience while suggesting the limits of human reason.

The exhibition is organized by Elisabeth Sherman, assistant curator, and Margaret Kross, curatorial assistant.

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DOCUMENT is a commercial gallery located in Chicago that specializes in contemporary photography, film and media based art. The gallery has organized more than 30 solo exhibitions since its opening in 2011 and actively promotes the work of emerging national and international artists. Operating conjointly as a professional printmaking studio, DOCUMENT facilitates the production of works by artists from Chicago and the US. At this time we do not accept unsolicited submissions.