paths of desire: new paintings
April 25 - May 31, 2014
Reception: Friday, April 25, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Judith Belzer receives John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship


Paths of Desire #6, 2014
oil on canvas
70 x 70 in. (178 x 178 cm)
cat. no. JUB21

For exhibit 38 we are pleased to be showing new work of Bay Area painter Judith Belzer, exhibiting selections from her latest series, Paths of Desire, in which she continues to explore the collision of the natural and man-made world. Belzer uses oil paint at times like watercolor and at times like colored pencil, folding her surfaces in ribbons of thin wash and sharply meandering line. She adopts the aerial perspective of a crop duster, surveying the contested borders between back country, cultivated field, industry and the overlay of her own struggle for an organizing principle. Her motif is not so much the encroachment of civilization as one finds in the pervasive brand-scape, but its crimping effect as she renders worlds that fracture light like crumpled cans. She manages a balance between a maelstrom-like embrace and the hovering detachment of a naturalist reporting back on the condition of a discovered world.

Judith Belzer has shown extensively in New York, Boston, Chicago and California and has participated in institutional exhibitions at the Sonoma County Museum and The Marin County Foundation; Wave Hill, The Museum of Arts and Design and The Arnot Art Museum in New York. She is a recipient of a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Fine Arts and a Yaddo Residency. This is her third solo with the gallery.