Greenhill alumna and artist Elyse Hradecky '03 is set to debut her first solo exhibition, the "Negative Space" series, at the Pencil on Paper Gallery in Dallas. The gallery is owned by Greenhill alumna Valerie Gillespie '98. The display will be on September 9, 2023, and will open with a special opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on the same evening. The community is cordially invited to attend this event.
Negative Space gives voice to space — its constraints and its limitations. The title plays with the double entendre of its artistic definition, describing the open areas surrounding or between subjects in a work of art and the popular use as the lack of personal space.
This exhibition includes two types of images. Inspired by Dutch interiors, the small works show subjects in small areas where objects fill every surface. These spaces are small and compact, and yet the subjects seem isolated from all that surrounds them. The larger works may seem to contrast but instead articulate compacted experiences, even though they are more spacious settings. In one, a woman pushes a cart selling fruit. She uses all the space she has, her cart teeming with wares, creating a neon oasis of color in the vast expanse of overcast beach. Another woman, lounging in a large suburban room, is crowded by her loving children. Although they are surrounded by negative space, they are both physically and/or emotionally constrained by their surroundings.
Elyse Hradecky '03 is a Dallas born artist living and working in Manhattan, New York.
Her training, based on traditional techniques, has led her to create work with a classical foundation, based on contemporary subjects. Working in both 2D and 3D, her figurative work focuses on the quiet connections created between the art and viewer. Whether through direct gaze or voyeuristic observation, she creates spaces encouraging contemplation about her subjects. Her still life paintings show the often-overlooked beauty of everyday and discarded items.
While earning a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, she was accepted to the European Honors program in Rome, Italy. Afterward, she earned an MFA with honors in sculpture, with a concentration in anatomy, from the New York Academy of Art. She has been awarded a Terra Foundation residency in Giverny, France and the Distinguished Artist Scholarship and Full Fellowship from the Art Students League Residency at Vyt.
Her work has been shown at Dacia Gallery in New York City, The Lyme Art Association Gallery in Old Lyme, The New York Academy of Art in New York City, The Edward Hopper House Museum in Nyack, Neoteric Fine Art in Amagansett, Union Arts Center in Sparkhill, Frontrunner Gallery in New York City, and Wayfarers Gallery in Brooklyn.