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Liz Nielsen & Dylan Gebbia-Richards, with Michelle Blade

David B. Smith Gallery
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David B. Smith Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition featuring the work of Liz Nielsen and Dylan Gebbia-Richards. This is the gallery’s second two-person exhibition featuring Dylan Gebbia-Richards and the first with Liz Nielsen. This exhibition provides two unique interpretations of landscape, disparate in medium but equal in their pursuit of transcendence for artist and audience.

Nielsen and Gebbia-Richards achieve something exotic, yet familar and in defiance of scale they depict infinite worlds—simultaneously macro and micro. These works evoke a geometry, allowing the viewer to move within the ebb and flow of Gebbia-Richards’ crystalline wax structures and sink into the saturated hues of Nielsen’s abstracted mountains. Intensely process-driven, Nielsen’s photograms and Gebbia-Richards’ paintings are experimental and wholly their own. Per Nielsen, these works “are about transcendence and shifting one’s way of seeing through abstraction.”

About Liz Nielsen
Liz Nielsen is a Brooklyn based photographic artist whose works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Paris, London, Budapest, Amsterdam and Berlin. Her photographs are printed in the analog color darkroom with handmade negatives and found light sources. Nielsen earned her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004, her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002, and her BA in Philosophy and Spanish from Seattle University in 1997. Nielsen's works have been reviewed in The New Yorker, The London Financial Times, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and ArtSlant.

About Dylan Gebbia-Richards
Dylan Gebbia-Richards was born in 1992. In 2015 he received his BFA in Painting and his BA in Art History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2017 completed a two-year Post-Baccalaureate program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Gebbia-Richards has exhibited widely in the Denver metro area having been included in exhibitions at the Denver International Airport, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Northern Colorado. He has also shown in Connecticut, New York, Miami and Dallas. In 2016 he was featured in New American Paintings. This spring he will be in, The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art, opening at The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas and traveling to the North Carolina Museum of Art and then New Britain Museum of American Art, Connecticut. In 2019 he will attend the Joshua Tree Artist Residency in Joshua Tree California.


David B. Smith Gallery is proud to present Portland, Oregon-based artist Michelle Blade in her first solo exhibition in the gallery’s project room. Featuring a new body of ethereal ink paintings, Blade explores layers of interior and exterior landscapes and their correlating psychologies. Inspired by humanity and the spectacular in nature, Blade takes cues from German Expressionism as well as the changing conditions of her own lived experience. The human element is a factor in all works, and where the figure is not present, traces of human activity are evident. The untamed nature of both individuals and the landscape are emphasized, questioning the substance that separates and binds individuals and their surroundings.

Moving through the exhibition one can almost feel an ambient glow bouncing between works. Unique to Blade’s paintings is the flattening of light to create an otherworldly eternal time where night and day become indistinguishable, at times the light source seemingly emanating from figures themselves. Setting is also blended, creating scenes in which internal and external elements are simultaneously divided yet linked by glass windowpanes. It is through her juxtaposition of shadowy, celestial figures, the full moon, and the quiet beauty of domestic still lifes, that Blade nimbly mines the subconscious, channeling the intangible.

About Michelle Blade
Michelle Blade is a visual artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation. Driven by the inescapable qualities of the natural world, Blade’s work investigates curiosity and one’s search for meaning and place in the universe. Blade holds a BA from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and an MFA from the California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Blade has exhibited nationally and internationally, including solo shows at the Center for Contemporary Arts (Santa Fe), Carter and Citizen (Los Angeles), Jack Hanley (San Francisco), and Western Exhibitions (Chicago). Her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Gather Journal, GQ, Juxtapoz, The California Sunday Magazine, and the Blue Magazine, among others. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR.