STUX + HALLER is pleased to announce the opening of eminent artist Eugene Lemay’s first solo exhibition at our gallery, Building Absence. Simultaneously, an exhibit of larger installation works will take place at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ.
Lemay’s art foremost bears witness to a meditative, consuming darkness. His new “Monochrome” paintings in oil on canvas are central to this exhibition. These surfaces bear a delicate weight that sinks heavier in the chest as one stands before them, unearthing the complexities of each tone, gradient, and memory.
Hezron, a towering digital print on canvas with granite, is the centerpiece of this exhibition. It is a deafening silence physically expressed. Five panels hang on the wall before us, quiet and dignified. Decades after combat, Lemay’s wartime experiences in Lebanon lurk behind a veil of viscerally rendered grey and black. Our minds, aided by the tactile granite at our feet, transport us to the incessant anxiety of discerning surroundings in the dead of night.
Two new series of works, AU and OR, done in charcoal, ink, and gold leaf on canvas or paper, complete the exhibition. These stoic objects seem to flicker, the gold leaf alternately jagged and crisp. Lemay alters the meaning of light in the darkness - so often a hopeful image. Instead, these layers of gold and shades of black are visually arresting yet vaguely unsettling markers of the splintering effects of memory and loss in a horizon of sparkling opposition.