How far is in-between: Lisa Beck, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Popel Coumou, and Dona Nelson

Four women using abstraction as a form to discover the planes of a composition through form, light and structure.

How far is in-between

Lisa Beck, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Popel Coumou, and Dona Nelson

April 2 – May 7, 2022


Opening, Saturday April 2 from 3-6 pm


How far is in-between is a group exhibition of four female artists using abstraction as a form to discover the planes of composition through form, light, and structure. We are delighted to bring together the works by Lisa Beck, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Popel Coumou, and Dona Nelson. While working in different mediums from painting, collage, sculptural to photography the artists express their view through rhythm and form.


Lisa Beck will explore and emphasize the inherent qualities of the materials used, along with the shapes that give the impression of a celestial landscape. The elegance of the colors is contrasted with the brute presence of materials such as burlap and crushed metal that allow for the play of control and the uncontrollable to interact. The interaction of opposites is a general theme within her work, as she uses it to push beyond the confines of the structure of a canvas. 
Beck’s work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, White Columns, MAMCO (CH), Circuit (CH), and PICA (OR),  It is in the collections of the Tang Museum (NY); the Maramotti Collection (IT); FRAC, (FR); Museé des Beaux-Arts La Chaux-de-Fonds, (CH) JP Morgan Chase, Nestlé, and Progressive. She was represented by Feature Inc. ‘92-’14; currently by Nathalie Karg Gallery, NY and Xippas Gallery, Paris.


Nayda Collazo-Llorens is engaged in an interdisciplinary practice incorporating multiple mediums and strategies. The works that are selected for this exhibition bring together the sentiment of control and the organic. A visual exploration on the complexities of the mind and the fragmented manner, in which we perceive the world around us.
Her work has been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio in New York City, The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Richmond Center for Visual Arts in Kalamazoo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo in San Juan, and Museo Universitario del Chopo in Mexico City, among other national and international institutions. Recently her work was featured in exhibition and publication: Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, published by Duke University Press.


Popel Coumou work evokes a sense of space that is recognizable, yet illusionistic. She uses hard lines of abstraction and plays with shadows and light to form a new universe that evokes a sense of space and triggers the imaginative. Her constructions question the notion of the material and pushes the senses past the flat and inert material it is built from.





She has shown her work at the Foto Museum in Den Haag, Museum het Valkhof, Witteveen Visual Art Center, Foam and ACF, all in the Netherlands and Villa Nouailles in Hyeres, France. Her work has been recognized through such prices as the Foam Talent, Mercure Culture price, won the Hyères Photography competition and nominated for the Paul Huf Award. Her commissions include a catalogue for Hermes at Villa Poiret Mallet-Stevens @ ADAGP, Hotel Mercure in the Hague, and the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam.


Dona Nelson takes on the canvas and uses its structure as a tool allowing her to explore the material interdependence of the “front” and the “back” of her paintings. The result is an expressive moment of color and mark making, throwing in the wind any assumption the viewer may have about how these paintings are approached. Nelson defines and directs her work, and the audience becomes part of its entanglement with humor, sensitivity, and brutal honesty.

Nelson work has been shown at the Aldrich Museum (CT), Sarasota Art Museum (FL), Tang Museum (NY), Galerie Thaddeus Ropac (UK), Deitch Gallery (NY), Magenta Plains (NY) Galveston Artist Residency (TX), Whitney Biennial 2014 (NY). Her work can be found in the collection of Zuckerman Museum (Ga), Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburg), Centre Pompidou (Fr), Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), The Bunker (FL), Kadist Art Foundation (CA), Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), and the Guggenheim (NY). Her work is represented by Thomas Erben Gallery, NY.


We would like to extend a thank you to the galleries that loaned the work for the exhibition; Nathalie Karg Gallery for Lisa Beck’s work and Thomas Erben Gallery for the paintings by Dona Nelson.


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