“The Ground Floor” at Fin Project Space

The Ground Floor is an exhibition featuring paintings and works on paper by Hazel Elsbach

and Sylvie Mayer. Taking place at Fin, a project space on the southside of Taos, it will be the space’s first – and final – exhibition. In collaboration with the southside Taos Fall Arts Festival, opening night will be Friday, September 24, 5 – 8pm.

Hazel Elsbach is a printmaker with a penchant for drawing and collage, born and raised in western Massachusetts. Her work is intensely process-driven and utilizes the drawn line as a means of unearthing connections between the artist’s hand, mind, her immediate landscape, and the world at large. Often her work will come to look like an archeological site or map, or an aerial view of the earth as seen from an aircraft, with areas of intense detail scattered amid large portions of uncharted space. Sylvie Mayer is a painter and drawer from Rhode Island. Her work is informed by transitions, grief, loss and renewal. She paints turning points — moments suspended in the in-between; the passageways and thresholds that mark our lives as we navigate time’s passage. The two met while studying painting and printmaking respectively at the Rhode Island School of Design, and have been living in New Mexico, creating work influenced by their time in the high desert.

This exhibition shows the throughlines between Hazel and Sylvie’s work – despite their differences. Hazel’s work is abstract, often employing muted colors and tones, resulting in elegant and tactile compositions. Sylvie tends to work figuratively, with maximalist color schemes that playfully engage with, and comment on, kitsch. Both artists are interested in the landscape, and the works presented in this show explore how they have engaged with the terrain and topography of Taos in their personal practices.

Exhibition dates: September 24, 2021 – October 3, 2021, 1-3pm, or by appointment
Opening reception: September 24, 2021, 5-8 pm
Location: Fin Project Space, 1337 Gusdorf Rd, Suite K, Taos, NM 87571