past exhibition
Gray Area Print: "The Third of May" by Emily Joyce
one night only
7 - 10 pm

Opening Reception Saturday, March 30th, 7-10pm

 Elephant is pleased to present Gray Area Print: "The Third of May" by Emily Joyce, opening for one night only on Saturday, March 30th from 7-10pm. Six new editions made in collaboration between Maggie Lomeli and Emily Joyce will be available during the opening at a special debut price. The work will then be available at retail price beginning Sunday, March 31st on Gray Area Print's brand new site,

Gray Area Print brings together Maggie Lomeli's printmaking projects over the last several years. With "The Third of May" by Emily Joyce at Elephant, Lomeli will be debuting Gray Area Print as a new publishing entity driven toward fine art prints, organizing close collaborations with artists to produce bodies of printed work made into small run limited editions.  Printmaking is a unique experience where the artist slows down and deconstructs their usual modes of mark making, giving them insight into their own process. This partnership of specialized conceptualism and technicality creates something new for Los Angeles and the art world beyond. Gray Area Print will create a platform for the kind of close collaboration and acute eye for aesthetic detail that Lomeli has cultivated in her practice over the past several years.

Emily Joyce has the clean style and clear eye of a formalist working in the bright palette of pop with a minor twinge that lends an intimacy to her work. Joyce's effortless geometric forms and graphical abstractions privilege the lush simplicity of the gestural mark offering us the kind of abstraction that threatens to plunge headfirst into our own reality. The simultaneous illegibility and familiarity of her imagery skips across our field of perception to evoke a recognition in the viewer’s consciousness that seems at once completely foreign and a part of everyday common sense. Joyce and Lomeli have collaborated on a fair amount of work over the past few years and it is clear they have achieved an effortless working relationship that continues to impress. “The Third of May, Blue, Yellow, Grey, Green, Mauve, & Red” exhibit a new totemic mysticism that has of course always existed in Joyce and Lomeli’s collaborations, yet here renews itself in each print and every single viewing.

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