always catching up! such a busy summer, i hope yours was as wonderful as mine!

dear nature at artspace raleigh update

originally planned by curator lia newman and completed by curator shana dumont garr, this wonderful exhibition with work by cynthia camlin, mi-sook hur and myself is over now, but lives on through photos and a lovely write up by dave delcambre. a snippet regarding my work:

Natalie Abrams’ work seems inseparable from her process. Her media of choice – wax on wood panels – recalls Abstract Expressionist painting in its puddled drip patterns, layering of color, and gestural forms, but her work also harkens to intricate lapidarical forms and the layered shapes and patterns often found in nature (think growth rings, coral, plant stems and tree trunks.) Piecing together ribbon-like forms of wax in floral patterns and lyrical, bouquet-like shapes hardens both to the intricacy of her subject matter and the artists’s facility working within the plasticity of her media. It is this counterbalance of the two – precarious and fluid, malleable yet decisive and gestural – which is especially intriguing.

losing ground, gaining perspective at gallery x update:

the installation was a resounding success despite the amazing vine which had appeared in my gallery space. it fit so well with the concept, it felt prophetic. please take a moment to look at the photos from a beautiful show in an eclectic space.

objects in perspective: a collaboration with aspen hochhalter

at the very beginning of my wonderful residency at the mccoll center for visual art over the summer, fellow resident aspen hochhalter and i started talking about our both being from colorado, interests in certain photographic processing techniques, and on and on. the idea of working together for fun was immediately put to the test and the results became a body of work and an exhibition. aspen’s wet plate macro photographs of my pieces were first exhibited in the galleries at the mccoll center during our residency, then included in conjunction with my pieces in the “collaboration” exhibition at mona gallery in charlotte, then both of our work again in the two person show under the name “objects in perspective” at the gaston county museum. this collaboration continues to grow and will again be shown in an expanded format at pease gallery at cpcc in charlotte, nc next fall. feel free to check out more details and photos of the work under projects.

next residency this winter!

the next big event for me will be my residency in seaside, fl at escape to create. a wonderful program, i’ll be developing a whole new body of work using recycled, reuse materials which would otherwise be destined for landfill. conceptually, this work is really important to me in that i feel it really expands the conversation i’m trying to represent in my work about the relationship between the natural world and the man-made. these new materials and process will also allow me a whole new flexibility for application and installation which i’m quite excited about. i’ll actually be working on an installation while there, and hope to post photos as the piece comes together!

beneath the fold at city ice arts in april

in april, i’ll have a solo exhibition at a wonderful space in kansas city, mo at city ice arts. while work for the exhibition hasn’t been finalized yet, i’m anticipating some exciting new large scale works, my new small wax on paper pieces and, if everything goes well, an installation in the new materials i’ll be working with during my february residency. hope to see you there!