Make No Bones, an exhibition of new paintings by Elizabeth Neel, opens at Deitch Projects on November 6, 2008. Neel is one of the most accomplished of a group of young American painters who are revitalizing abstraction in contemporary terms.
Neelâ€™s paintings represent both the internal and the external. She indulges a curiosity to explore what is under the skin and filters it through art history, Hollywood artifice and natural science. From broken bodies to polluted landscapes, she blurs the line between form and content â€“ the paint both describing and becoming its subject. The directness of her paint handling and her insightful navigation of the mediumâ€™s history give her work immediacy and gravity, while suggesting the unwieldy, even violent entanglement of the contemporary self with the collective record.
Exhibit runs from November 6 thru December 6, 2008