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Hilary Lorenz

Call & Response | September 10–December 3, 2017

Pictured above: The Making of a Rock Garden, 2017; Cast flax, paper and ink. Courtesy of the artists and Wave Hill. Photo: Stefan Hagen.

This wall-sized project re-imagines the forms and plants in Wave Hill’s T.H. Everett Alpine House, where several different species of hardy rock garden plants grow in harmony in cement troughs. The artist’s interest in the contrast between small plants and heavy planters is demonstrated in the cast, paper-pulp planters and laser-cut plants that make up her indoor rock garden. The installation retains the interactive element of the garden, as visitors to the gallery will be able to observe her process during a printing demonstration on September 23.

Nomadic Geographies
Sunroom Project Space | October 18 – December 7, 2014

Nomadic Geographies, 2014, linoleum-block printed and cut paper, sumi ink on paper, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Wave Hill.

Hilary Lorenz translates the visceral experience of hiking remote landscapes into visual imagery that takes the form of prints, drawings and enveloping installations. Grounded in traditions of performance walking, Lorenz’s artwork is shaped by the space she passes through during long-distance runs and mountain climbing. Her drawings and prints visually map a specific location, providing abstract time-lines that mark a spatial journey of memory and change. As the artist describes, “When I am carving a linoleum block or applying watercolor to paper, a single knife-cut or brushstroke is like reliving each step that I walked or ran.” Even the act of operating a manual printing press recalls her passion for simple physical repetition.

For the Sunroom Project Space, Lorenz continues her series Nomadic Geographies, which stems from an intensive walking exploration of Wave Hill's grounds and of Harriman State Park about 30 miles north. The room-sized environment that she has created consists of linoleum-block prints cut and collaged directly onto the wall to form a 10-foot mountain. Because the work documents her experiences, the artist is careful to portray only mountains that she has hiked or climbed. In addition, 4,000, printed-paper ivy leaves adhere to and wrap around three walls of the gallery space, recalling the vines that cling to the exterior walls of the Sunroom and creep around its windows. The installation also includes an eight-foot-wide ink drawing of a lean-to (three-sided shed), commonly found in New York State parks, including Harriman. The work serves as a record of Lorenz’s treks and simultaneously evokes a wilderness fantasy with roaring bears and meandering coyotes. In this way, Nomadic Geographies represents a longing for the peaceful experience of the rural in the midst of the bustling city.



Nomadic Geographies, 2014, linoleum-block printed and cut paper, sumi ink on paper, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Wave Hill.

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.