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Nancy Olivier

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Bermuda Rectangle, acrylic on wood, 24" x 18"
Subject/Object Disagreement, acrylic on wood, 24" x 18"
Rate of Exchange, acrylic on wood, 24" x 18"
The New Beige, acrylic on wood, 24" x 18"
If...And...Then, acrylic on wood, 24" x 18"
Artist's Statement

The actual "raw material” of my work involves the combination of different types of drawing and lines–– a type of automatist scribble; dripped paint as another kind of line; patterns overlaid and underneath; and bands and washes of color, both transparent and opaque. Multiple layers of marks create a field in which the linear elements interweave time and process; the "content" encompasses metaphors for both physicality and memory. The dripped lines suggest inevitability, of both forces of nature and the passage of time, while the drawn lines are paths through time and space. Working one layer of marks against the next, they are transformed through a history of process. Allowing the materials to behave and to signify according to their inherent qualities reinforces the dichotomy of controlled randomness.


AWARDS—2008: Gottlieb Foundation, Artist’s Grant; 2007, 1999, 1992: V.C.C.A., A.I.R. Grant; 2004: Manhattan Graphics Printmaking Grant, NYC; 2003: NYFA Artists Drawing Grant, ; 1999, 1994: Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, A.I.R. Grant; Altos De Chavon, A.I.R. Grant
SOLO SHOWS—2005:Trace Elements, Bond Gallery, Rivington St., NY; 1993: Paintings, 55 Mercer, NY; 1996:Paintings, 55 Mercer, NY; 1995:Kim Foster NY
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS—2009-10: Regeneration, 38 Renwick Street,NYC; 2008: Metaphor Contemporary Art, Bklyn, NY; FlashPop Benefit Party for NYFA, NY; 2006: In/formed Color, BRIK, Catskill, NY; Terms Of Use, 555 Gallery, Detroit, MI; 2005: Paper, Papier, Papiel, Nurture Art, Bklyn; 2004: 2003 NYFA Fellows Show, NY; 2003: MetaphorCA, NY; Robert Pardo Gallery, NY; Wall, Metaphor CA NY; 2001: , Metaphor CA, NY; 2000: Painting Center, NY; 1999: Kim Foster, NY; White Columns, NY; Gail Gates, NY; Marymount Manhattan Gallery, NY