Pastime/Time Passed: Lizzie Gill and Ciara Rafferty
(East Hampton, NY, April, 2018) – Roman Fine Art is pleased to announce Pastime/Time Passed, a selection of new work from Brooklyn-based artists, Lizzie Gill and Ciara Rafferty. Please join the artists for drinks and nibbles in the gallery on Saturday, May 26, 6pm – 8pm at 66 Park Place, East Hampton, NY .
Color-splashed retro imagery, glamorized nostalgia and leisure studies of bygone eras comprise Gill and Rafferty’s hyper-stylized representations of wholesome values and pleasures of “The Good Old Days”. Gone is the time of The Great American Road Trip, with its novelty of futuristic hotels and motels that brought families together with blithe poolside lounging and Atomic Age idols. Gill and Rafferty draw inspiration from the 1950s and 60s, a time that for many Americans represented hope, postwar prosperity and freedom. With imagery of the American dream portrayed through
old fashioned values and Hollywood romance, Gill and Rafferty explore the richly nostalgic context of the people, places and icons of days long passed that now exist in a liminal space. These images of carefree summer fun and untroubled leisure occupy the dreams and desires of our modern sensibilities as the contemporary world flies by in hyper speed.
Gill’s work presents retro American figures and activities in undefined spaces and times, floating in ether, surrounded and interrupted by shapes and color. Magazine friendly bodies and faces are cut out of their time capsules and transposed into an undefined context that prompts an unexpected exploration of innocence in pastimes and times passed. Her paintings and collages put a face to this nostalgia, connecting past, present and future.
Rafferty indulges the spaces left behind by an evolving and increasingly preoccupied society, where innovative design and accessible indulgence have been cast away over time in favor of lavish international expense. These public spaces, particularly the hotels and motels of the 1950s and 60s in Palm Springs, Hollywood and Miami, were designed to evoke a hopeful future by the architects who designed them for the American tourists who visited them. A shadow of the picturepostcard,
fun filled heydays that they once were, they awaken a desire to immerse oneself in the pleasure that they were created to give, but remain sad and often empty, stuck in time.