Cynthia Hartling: Between the Visible and Tangible

1 July–18 December 2018

Exhibition Overview


Cynthia Hartling, untitled, 2017, oil on linen, 13 x 16 inches.

Cynthia Hartling presents recent paintings of vivid ellipses and geometric shapes on linen canvasses. The 13 works in Between the Visible and Tangible examine space through the push and pull of the figure–ground relationship. By liberating color and form and making them the subject matter, she encourages the viewer to find multiple readings of what is seen and felt.

Cynthia Hartling was born in Albany, NY, and lives and works in New York City. She received her BFA from Cooper Union and has also studied at the Istituto Statale d'Arte in Urbino, Italy, and SUNY, New Paltz. Her work has been shown in exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the Brooklyn Museum, Pierogi, 490 Atlantic, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Centotto, STOREFRONT, Sideshow, Lesley Heller Fine Art, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, ; Beverley Knowles Fine Art in London, England, and Tete in Berlin, Germany. Her work was included in I Don’t Poem, by Claudia La Rocco, and on the cover of Sharmila Voorakkara’s book of poems Fire Wheel. Hartling was awarded a Carlo Cego fellowship at BAU Institute, Otranto, Italy, a Milton and Sally Michel Avery endowed residency for visual arts at Yaddo.

Cynthia takes pride in both the hand drawn, mostly using palette knives for her shapes, and the accidental spills, splatters that occur while painting. Her reliance on the earth-toned linen to inform her palette harkens back to an organic reverence for the natural world. As an avid hiker, Wave Hill offers her a “local” opportunity to experience nature close to her urban confines as she prefers walking there from Inwood, northern Manhattan where she has lived many years. She continues to find boundless inspiration from the myriad seasonal changes observed all around her.

(Photo courtesy of the artist.)

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