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Zoe Nelson’s paintings embody a sense of fluidity. Colors move from highly saturated pigment toward a liminal state, like the sky at sunrise or sunset, when all colors converge at once, canceling each other out. Shapes move into and out of recognizability: an abstract form becomes architecture becomes a fragment of a body, as forms shift from background to foreground.

Like their paintings, Zoe Nelson embodies a sense of fluidity. Nelson’s relationship to their gender exists outside of the normative male/female binary. They use the formal language of painting to visually traverse through the feeling of their identity as neither one nor the other, and sometimes both at once.

This is Nelson’s first solo exhibition in greater New York. Nelson's work was recently acquired by the DePaul Museum, Chicago. Nelson (b. 1983, Rhinebeck, NY) received an MFA from Columbia University and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, NY, 2018

Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, NY, 2018

Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, NY, 2018

Zoe Avery Nelson
I sexted her a still-life, 2018
oil on canvas
48 × 42 inches

Zoe Avery Nelson
un(bound), 2018
oil on canvas
48 × 42 inches

Zoe Avery Nelson
I Assume, 2018
oil on canvas
48 × 46 inches

Zoe Avery Nelson
The Measure of a Boy, 2018
oil on canvas
48 × 44 inches

Zoe Avery Nelson
Red Light, Night, 2018
oil on canvas
48 × 44 inches

Zoe Avery Nelson
Body Building (shower scene), 2018
oil on canvas
48 × 42 inches

Zoe Avery Nelson
Elephant no. 3 (impossible reach), 2018
oil on canvas
48 × 46 inches

Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, NY, 2018

Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, NY, 2018