Aleah Chapin The Space Between Us
Following 25 years between spaces in New York and Los Angeles, Flowers is delighted to commence a series of US-based nomadic, artist-led projects and residencies complementing programming in its London and Hong Kong galleries. The Space Between Us, a new body of work by Aleah Chapin, is its second presentation at 41 Elizabeth Street, in New York’s Chinatown.
This compelling new body of work had its genesis in June 2022 with the painting The Day Roe Fell, a poetic visualisation of the widespread anger and fear around women’s autonomy following the overturning of Roe V. Wade. Meditating on the increasingly visible divisions in the United States, the following paintings, she writes, are “[scaffolded by] the spaces between people, often subtle and always shifting.”
Chapin expands these reflections on collectivity and commonality in the accompanying video installation Finding Ground (2023), made during her five-day journey driving the paintings from Seattle to New York City in June 2023. Every time she made a stop on her travels, from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains, she would remove her shoes and film her bare feet, walking across the earth in an attempt, she writes, “to find common ground between the widening divisions in this country I call home.” Traversing the ground and talking to those she met on her way, she questioned our similarities, differences and, ultimately, what it is that connects and grounds us all. As she reflects poignantly: “I kept looking for common ground, because that is all I could do.”
Opening Reception: September 28, 6-8pm
41 Elizabeth Street 7th floor, New York, NY 10013
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