Eric Zimmerman
& Emilie Halpern
Cosmos

May 8 – June 26, 2010

Art Palace is pleased to present new work by Los Angeles based artist Emilie Halpern and Austin artist Eric Zimmerman in their first two-person exhibition of their work. Entitled Cosmos, the exhibition pairs Halpern’s striking photographs and sculpture with Zimmerman’s painstakingly rendered graphite drawings, etchings and sculpture. A collaborative work utilizes each of the artists’ voices as they read from Carl Sagan’s text Pale Blue Dot. The alternating sentence loop endlessly through a pair of Califone tape recorders placed side by side on a circular gold foil blanket.

Emilie Halpern’s photographs draw on a diverse group of subjects—sea coral, the cosmos, lovebirds, Yoko Ono, and a dense forest—to create contemplative images that reveal a sense of longing, melancholy, and ultimately wonder. Halpern’s photographs of mysterious and romantic phenomena highlight the artist’s interest in magic, love, human relationships and the beauty that lies beneath scientific facts. The exhibition will also feature two new sculptural objects by Halpern.

About the Artist:
Born in Paris, Emilie Halpern has since relocated to Los Angeles, where she received her MFA from Art Center College of Design in 2002. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions that include ACME, Los Angeles; Casey Kaplan, New York; Kate MacGarry, London; Jousse Enterprise, Paris; The Breeder, Athens; Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria. She has had solo projects with The Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Medium Galerie in St. Barthelemy, French West Indies, and The Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas. She currently has a solo exhibition on view at Light & Wire Gallery, Los Angeles. Her upcoming exhibitions include PortugalArte10, Lisbon, Portugal and Pepin Moore Gallery, Los Angeles.

Eric Zimmerman’s new drawings, along with five new etchings and two hardcover books, continue to explore the themes of social and political Utopias, astronomy, time, individual and communal senses of place, the notion of appropriated source material, re-contextualization, and the poetic capacity of materials and histories when they are combined within new frameworks. The work as a whole, including the books and audio programs, expands the ideas of doubling/pairing present within the exhibition, the notions of Socialist Utopia’s, the layered qualities of history, and the subtle connections between often seemingly unrelated materials and subjects.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Eric Zimmerman now lives and works in Austin, Texas. In 2005 he received his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and now teaches at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. He has had solo shows at Art Palace, Austin Texas and Slugfest Gallery, Austin, Texas. Zimmerman ahs also participated in group shows at Capricious Gallery, New York, New York; Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Fort Worth, Texas; Diverse Works, Houston, Texas; Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas and the Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, Texas among others. In 2008 he was the recipient of The Brown Foundation full fellowship to The Vermont Studio Center.

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