press release

Jason McCoy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by the Boston based artist Ilana Manolson. This will be the first New York solo exhibition for the artist.

Ilana Manolson paints momentary impressions of nature as they unfold through the various seasons. Combining realist elements with fields of color abstraction, she depicts her subject on the verge of change and as it swings its pendulum between order and disorder. Having begun her career as a printmaker, who was used to adding “whites” through the omission of color, Manolson’s painting technique adds an interesting twist. Whereas traditionally, a painter adds the lightest colors last, Manolson builds up paint to add highlights but then, employs a selection of spatulas and scrapers to “pull from the paint” and reveal the light that hides underneath it.

Manolson is a former naturalist, whose work in a Canadian national park entailed the constant study of 12-inch squares of grazing land in order to assess the condition of the land at large. This experience has left her well equipped for the quest to transform microscopic details into representative images of the macrocosm. Here, changes of light and color or the illusive reflections found in water and sky, for example all become contemplations of transience and transformation, and Manolson adds: “Enter this painted place that creates its own logic: its order and rhythms; its contradictions and surprises. In these paintings we are part of an endless story of cycles —of seasons where in the comfort of repetition there is always something new…. Look down at your feet and you will see power in every neglected corner.”

Ilana Manolson has exhibited extensively in the United States. She is a recent recipient of the Mass Cultural Council Grant (2008). Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, the Boston Public Library, the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, JP Morgan & Company, New York; Sanford Bernstein & Sons, New York, and Citizens Bank, Providence, Rhode Island, among others. She lives and works in Boston.

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Ilana Manolson: Untitled