maja lisa engelhardt
the seventh day - genesis
november 11 – december 23, 2017
opening: saturday, november 11, 3-6pm
40 page catalog available
The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to exhibit the Danish artist Maja Lisa Engelhardt for the sixth time. Her exhibition The Seventh Day is a group of 12 paintings that forms part of a series that started in the gallery with The Second Day (2007), The Third Day (2009), The Fourth Day (2011), The Fifth Day (2013) and The Sixth Day (2015). The titles refer to the story of creation based on the book of Genesis.
A fully illustrated 40 page color catalog – The Seventh Day/Genesis printed by Narayana Press accompanies the exhibition. In the catalog’s preface Ettore Rocca, an associate professor at the Department of Architecture and Territory at the University of Reggio Calabria (Italy) and is an affiliated professor at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) states:
When Maja Lisa Engelhardt painted images of the first six days, it was possible to see them as a series of variations on a theme. In the case of the twelve canvases about the seventh day, however, each painting is a new, cosmic journey that the viewer is invited to participate in without relying on other images. Each image is a journey into formable space. The only recognizable element that appears in some of the pictures is a fragment of a rainbow. But in other paintings, the colors of the rainbow are diffused. The rainbow often appears in the Bible as a sign of the enduring bond between God and creation (see Genesis 9:12-16).
There is only one single recurring theme in all the paintings: the circle, and the rotating motion that causes us to lose our embodied, spatial reference point. We no longer know what is up and what is down, what is left and what is right, what is ahead and what is behind.
Ms. Rocca concludes by saying: Maja Lisa Engelhardt’s paintings about the seventh day portray neither chaos nor order; they are neither disquieting nor comforting. They are astonishing.
The second part of Maja Lisa Engelhardt’s exhibition will be a group of seven lithographs that were done in an edition of ten. The suite of seven lithographs encompasses the seven days of creation.
For further information please contact Miles Manning at 212 463-9666