Shōka, a solo exhibition of new works by Emilie Halpern
For the first instalment of “Shōka,” her solo show at Pepin Moore, Emile Helpern created a scattered arrangement of rocks on the gallery floor. By day as subtle and tranquil as a Zen garden, the installation came spectacularly to life at night, when, illuminated by blacklights, the rocks emitted a phosphorescent glow (a naturally occurring phenomenon)…
30 November – 21 December 2013
Saturday | 21 December 2013 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
Pepin Moore is proud to present Shōka, a solo exhibition of new works by Emilie Halpern on view from the autumnal equinox on September 22nd to the winter solstice on December 21st 2013. Please join us for a reception for the artist Saturday, November 30th from six to eight in the evening.
Shōka is an exhibition in three parts, a concept derived in part from the shōka style of ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of floral composition. The shōka style, cultivated in the Ikenobō school in the 15th century, is a minimal description of the universe in three parts: the earth (地), the heavens (天), and humanity (人).
Part three of the exhibition is titled 人 (pronounced jin, meaning ‘human’). 人 presents a collection of Halpern’s new pottery works. Over the last few years, Halpern has produced a number of ceramic works as a retreat from her normally concept-driven practice. These new works are representative of the human interaction and manipulation of the previous two elements of the exhibition. The ceramics are presented here as the culmination of the exhibition – the third element of the shōkatriad. The exhibition design for 人 is done in collaboration with gallery artist Paul Stoelting.
Emilie Halpern (b. 1976, Paris, France) is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. She holds a BA from the University of California Los Angeles and MFA from Art Center College of Design. Halpern’s work has been exhibited widely including at Western Bridge, Seattle; Art Palace, Houston; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; and Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson; Horton Gallery, New York; Leo Koenig, New York; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Galerie West, The Hague; and La Central, Bogota, among others. This is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.
This exhibition will mark the end of Pepin Moore’s three and a half year program. The gallery will close permanently on 21 December 2013.
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