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Hilary Lorenz

Hilary Lorenz
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.

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

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 Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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