Jenn Singer Gallery celebrates its one-year anniversary with Pixan Paths // Higher Roads, a solo exhibition of unconventional new work by Brooklyn-based artist Emily Weiskopf, nominated for the Rome Prize in 2011, and commissioned in 2013 by the New York City Department of Transit to create Unparallel Way – a public sculpture installation written about in over 30 countries and exhibited by the NYC D.O.T. in Brooklyn, NY, Bushnell Sculpture Park in Hartford, CT and at the residence of the Governor of Connecticut.
In 2014, while en route to deliver Unparallel Way to the Governor’s mansion, Emily Weiskopf was in a nearly fatal car crash involving a tractor-trailer. After major spinal surgery last year, Weiskopf experienced reduced mobility, but has only slightly adjusted her still-arduous free hand technique to create sculptural bas-relief paintings with an array of industrial materials including plaster, roofing paint, dyes, aluminum, cement, and dry oxides. Her new work is a culmination of a lifelong interest in the pathways that exemplify the multi-dimensional world and the myriad ways in which our paths weave together, building connections and a shared common experience of resonant unity.
Pixen Paths // Higher Roads was derived from the Mayan word Pixan meaning “spirit” or “soul” and explores Weiskopf’s deep fascination with spirituality, science and ancient ruins in an effort to understand the world in which every event is simultaneously psychical and physical. Inspired by a recent research expedition to the Mayan ruins and fascinated with how the hieroglyphs in the Yucatán Peninsula stand the test of time, Weiskopf created this new series of work to be seen as contemporary frescos - hand painted, etched and carved with dyes, enamel, roofing paint, and cement on aluminum and plaster. Each plaster slab is mixed with organic materials including crushed stones, agates, shells, street pebbles fragments from the artist’s personal collection from paths she’s walked since childhood.
Emily Weiskopf’s paths convey a feeling of unlimited possibilities - no beginning and no end - with bold, linear abstractions, architectural and land-like formations. Lines dominate flat planes and direct the course with references to doorways, columns, celestial lines and signs, aerial views of rivers and fields, ancient ruins, plans and roads.
Weiskopf’s colorful contemporary frescos are visual testimonies of time, glimpses of familiar markings that trigger memories… cryptic, mystic, strong symbols of our separate, but connected journeys.