Lillian Bayley Hoover

Simple, quiet, still, somewhat uneasy: the everyday visual elements of concrete life circumstances are more compelling than we often expect. In this spirit—as ordinary, imperfect materials momentarily engage in arresting formal relationships—these paintings are animated by issues of abstraction.

The relationship between unfettered, dynamic sky and the static restraint of banal architecture also figures prominently in this work. These places are not special; we do not encounter the sublime. The architecture interrupts, compresses, frames the sky, grounding the viewer and locating her in this world. Mindful and appreciative of the fleeting moment, yet still bearing the history of the place, the paintings are comfortable with awkwardness. The act of looking slows us, quiets us, allows us to notice.