Recap: Daina Higgins New Paintings at Elizabeth Harris Gallery
Last night Daina Higgins debuted a series of new paintings at Elizabeth Harris Gallery in Chelsea. This unassuming mild mannered petite blonde was actually one of the most prolific female graffiti bombers at the turn of the millennium. Using oil paint on birch panels, Higgins uses photo realism to capture the somewhat banal urban landscape with surprising beauty. The artist often includes the reflection on the glass she has photographed through, which adds a strong sense of depth to the final product. In a review of one of her previous shows at the gallery, New York Times Art Critic Roberta Smith remarked that Higgins “…creates a poetic awareness of the passage of light, moving through the world, bouncing off things and making visual experience fleetingly possible.” This is an exciting take on photo realism, as we are shown precisely what the camera captures, unedited. If you look really close you can even catch a glimpse of the artist herself in the reflections.
Text and Photo: Lily