The de Menil Gallery Archive

“Fragile Season” by Ilana Manolson

“Fragile Season”
Paintings by Ilana Manolson
January 8 – March 3, 2015
Our human contemplations on impermanence are expressed most often in private, quietly, and accompanied by feelings of helplessness or sadness. In her show, “Fragile Season,” Ilana Manolson uses her art to investigate the theme of impermanence through life cycles in nature.  From seed, to flower, to wilting, these stages reflect the basic nature of everything we know. Through her castings and paintings, Manolson transcribes this transitory process into a record of wonder and beauty.
The works of Manolson—a painter, printmaker, and naturalist—use an abstract interplay of light, color, and shadow to pay tribute to the unspoiled beauty of natural landscapes, some inspired by locations in nearby Concord, Massachusetts, her home town.
Manolson has been awarded the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship for Painting and has had residencies through the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, the Yaddo Artist Colony, and the Banff School of Fine Arts. Her art is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Danforth Museum, the De Cordova Museum, and the Boston Public Library.

Please join us for a reception with the artist on January 21, 2015 at 7:15 p.m.