Tripoli Gallery

Red Sky, 2012
Oil on linen
75 x 85 inches

Red Sky 2, 2012
Oil on linen
75 x 85 inches

Red Sky 3, 2012
Oil on linen
75 x 85 inches

Red Sky 4, 2012
Oil on linen
75 x 85 inches

Red Sky 5, 2012
Oil on linen
75 x 85 inches

Red Sky 6, 2012
Oil on linen
75 x 85 inches

Boundless, 2012
Oil on linen
25-1/4 x 32 inches

Neither Here Nor There, 2012
Oil on linen
25-3/4 x 32 inches

Passageway Between Here And There, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Kiss Of Death, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Untitled, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Kiss Of Life, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

The Melting Pot, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

The Skin Of Your Teeth, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Usury, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Father Imago, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Baby Moses, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

The Time They Met, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Untitled, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Untitled, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Hona Lee, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola And Isaac, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lover's Marionette, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Red Sky Study, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

State Of Bliss III, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Installation View, Within Reach, Photograph by Patrick Abillama, 2013

Installation View, Within Reach, Photograph by Patrick Abillama, 2013

Installation Shot, Within Reach, Photograph by Patrick Abillama, 2013

Within Reach

Lola Montes

January 16 ‐ February 16, 2013

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Tripoli Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by Lola Montes Schnabel entitled Within Reach. Tripoli Gallery will open the New Year with a pop-up gallery space at 980 Madison Avenue, on the 3rd Floor, where Ms Schnabel will debut her most recent paintings with an opening reception from 6 to 8pm on January 16th.

In Within Reach, Lola explores the most primal and paradoxical human instincts, the desire to be boundless.  The series of oil paintings and watercolors evoke oceanic realms whose landscapes and figures remain ceaselessly ephemeral yet always connected, bound by a kindred condition. As one painting leads to the next, landmasses morph into figures and a progression is revealed. The paintings become discoveries and dictate their own development. Her deliberate choice of medieval yellow and crimson, consistent in all of her paintings, construct a mise-en-scène in which her changing forms interact to tell a story. Her paintings are frozen vignettes in time that speak to Lola’s strong background in filmmaking.

Captured in the imagery of the series Within Reach, are glimpses of the struggling subconscious. Submerged primordial visions are illuminated and dreams made real, shapes regress to abstraction and colors are rediscovered in their elemental vibrancy. "Looking at a painting presents a chance to stop thinking," Lola explains, "you enter an unknown space that eventually belongs to you. Without taking a step forward you are transported to a plateau or an arena, an invented place where the artist lives. These are landscapes of a new nature or of the very first piece of ground we found beneath our feet, a place we have no documentation of."

Lola’s treatment of this dynamic can be at once intensely personal and also playful, occasionally even ironic. She portrays the areal complexities of water with the languid strokes and murky lyricism of a dream. In these liminal worlds, individual elements long to absorb the larger spaces they inhabit, and yet attempt to elude the wholeness in which they exist. Lola explains that her amorphous red skies are inspired by the title “Red Desert”, an Antonioni film.

In the painting “Neither Here Nor There”, the figure hesitates at the foot of a field, torn between unknown fears and fascinations, paralyzed by and drawn into the very wilderness that seems to underscore the series of paintings as a whole. Is this an abyss, another world, an experience beyond our grasp, or is it within reach?

Lola Montes Schnabel graduated with a BFA from the Cooper Union in 2008. Her work spans various media including film, photography, printmaking, and painting.  She has exhibited her work locally and internationally; Within Reach will be her eighth show with Tripoli Patterson since 2005.

For press inquiries or further information, please contact info@tripoligallery.com or call 631.377.3715

Lola Montes
Red Sky, 2012
Oil on linen
75 x 85 inches

Lola Montes
Red Sky 2, 2012
Oil on linen
75 x 85 inches

Lola Montes
Red Sky 3, 2012
Oil on linen
75 x 85 inches

Lola Montes
Red Sky 4, 2012
Oil on linen
75 x 85 inches

Lola Montes
Red Sky 5, 2012
Oil on linen
75 x 85 inches

Lola Montes
Red Sky 6, 2012
Oil on linen
75 x 85 inches

Lola Montes
Boundless, 2012
Oil on linen
25-1/4 x 32 inches

Lola Montes
Neither Here Nor There, 2012
Oil on linen
25-3/4 x 32 inches

Lola Montes
Passageway Between Here And There, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Kiss Of Death, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Untitled, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Kiss Of Life, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
The Melting Pot, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
The Skin Of Your Teeth, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Usury, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Father Imago, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Baby Moses, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
The Time They Met, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Untitled, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Untitled, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Hona Lee, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Lola And Isaac, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Lover's Marionette, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Red Sky Study, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
State Of Bliss III, 2012
Gouache and watercolor on vellum
12-1/2 x 18-1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Installation View, Within Reach, Photograph by Patrick Abillama, 2013

Lola Montes
Installation View, Within Reach, Photograph by Patrick Abillama, 2013

Lola Montes
Installation Shot, Within Reach, Photograph by Patrick Abillama, 2013