Zeitgeist Gallery / 516 Hagan St. July 1, 2023 - August 26, 2023

Sarah Boyts Yoder, Ellen Dempsey

Zeitgeist is pleased to present No One World, a two person show featuring paintings by Sarah Boyts Yoder and sculpture by Ellen Dempsey.

- Sarah Boyts Yoder -

In a world that all too often insists on inevitability and separateness, Boyts Yoder’s paintings are playful refusals of these false assurances and fixedness. Using a visual lexicon of symbols she has generated over time, each work articulates how space constantly extends and collapses all around us and how joyfully form can evade our need for categorization. What emerges are welcoming and engaging spaces for imaginative play, a celebratory take on color and material, and an invitation to open up. In this context, Boyts Yoder sees the paintings as hopeful, optimistic acts, and the mode of abstraction as a generous state of being.

Sarah Boyts Yoder is a painter based in Charlottesville, VA. She received an MFA in painting from James Madison University in 2006. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, exhibitions, and corporate and private collections throughout the United States and abroad, including the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Sarah has been the recipient of a professional fellowship in painting from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and has been a fellow multiple times at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 100W Corsicana in Corsicana, TX and most recently, an artist in residence at Blue Apple Beach in Cartagena, Colombia.

- Ellen Dempsey -

Through the lens of discarded domestic debris and everyday routines, Ellen Dempsey investigates the politics of the home. She plays with our familiar/strange relationship to the everyday by creating sculptural assemblages from commonplace cast-offs that challenge the neutrality of the spaces we occupy.

Ellen Dempsey is an artist and educator based in Florence, AL. She earned her BFA in Sculpture and Printmaking from Middle Tennessee State University and her MFA in Sculpture from University of Memphis. She has exhibited in multiple group shows across the country including Mana Contemporary in New Jersey and Parallelogram Gallery in Tampa, FL. Dempsey was born and raised in Nashville and recently relocated to Florence where she teaches at the University of North Alabama.

image: Sarah Boyts Yoder, Tropical Face, 2023, acrylic on linen, 43" x 35"