Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present Fragmented Memories, a two artist exhibition by NYC based artist Lizzie Gill and California based artist Hope Kroll, curated by Jennifer Rizzo. Fragmented Memories will be both artists inaugural solo exhibitions at Hashimoto Contemporary, in which they will be exhibiting collage and mixed media works.
For Fragmented Memories, two artists with distinct approaches to collage were brought together in order to consider not only the varying techniques utilized within the medium, but also overlapping themes. The contemplation of memory, the past and the incorporation of vintage ephemera create unifying themes in Lizzie Gill and Hope Kroll’s work, calling to question how we recall the past, as well as the ability to create something new, transforming our own sense of memories.
Lizzie Gill explores concepts of romance and its evolution over time, particularly through the digitized era. For the exhibition, Gill has also created a series of nine new cut paper collages, addressing issues of modern day dating and romantic pursuits through their cunning titles. Casting a nostalgic and clever lens on classic 1950’s Americana, Gill’s minimal and restrained mixed media works serve to point out that memories are often constructed in hindsight. Details are forgotten, hyper focused or altered and as a result, a memory is often just a fragment of what may have actually occurred. Memories, and the materials we utilize as reminders (photography, writing, etc) can also be digitally and figuratively altered, leading to a story rather than a concrete definition.
Hope Kroll combines elements of collage with the three dimensionality of assemblage, creating collage work that is saturated with movement, energy and detail. Utilizing antique hand cut paper and photographs, these complex works focus on the materials and their own unique histories, deconstructing and reconstructing the materials before re-contextualizing them. For the exhibition, Kroll used a recurring portrait of a woman referred to as Kay, which the artist collected over the years. Juxtaposed with a variety of animals, mechanical parts and equipment, the artist asks the viewer to question who this woman was, and beyond that, what are the types of things we project onto others? What is fact vs story? Kroll’s fantastical works create beautifully condensed portraits of the many magical possibilities of Kay’s story.
Please join us Saturday, March 2nd from 6pm - 9pm for the opening reception of Fragmented Memories. The artist will be in attendance. This exhibition will be on view through Saturday, March 23rd.
Lizzie Gill + Hope Kroll: Fragmented Memories
804 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Opening Night Reception: Saturday, March 2nd, 6pm - 9pm
Hashimoto Contemporary is located in New York, NY and San Francisco, CA. Our roster consists of an eclectic blend of new contemporary artists. With monthly rotating exhibitions, our programming focuses on a range of painting, sculpture and installation-based work. You can also visit us at a variety of international art fairs in Miami, New York, San Francisco, London and Los Angeles.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Lizzie Gill is a mixed media artist whose work explores themes of retro Americana in a contemporary context. Through a variety of mediums she illustrates a time warp, composed of everyday life, human agency and “post feminist” contemporary society. Gill received a BS in Fine Art from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She also studied art at the Studio Arts Centers International in Florence, Italy. Gill's work has been featured in a number of gallery exhibitions and art fairs in New York, Miami and in London, England. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, Allure, The Atlantic, Wired and Glamour. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Hope Kroll is an internationally exhibited collage artist. She attained her Bachelors of Fine Art from University of Illinois 1990 and received her Masters of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1992. She has been in various publication such as, Anatomy Rocks: Flesh and Bones in Contemporary Art, The Intricacies of the Heart and It’s Chambers: The Collage Art of Hope Kroll and Masters Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists. Her art work has been Acquired by The Nora Eccles Museum of Art and the International Museum of Collage and Assemblage.