Infused with geometry and animated by issues of abstraction, Lillian Bayley Hoover’s paintings explore the ordinary, awkward, overlooked, and imperfect elements of our material environment. The relationship between unfettered, dynamic sky and the static restraint of banal architecture figures prominently in the series of works presented in her solo exhibition In This World. 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, Hoover’s paintings are comfortable with awkwardness. Simple, quiet, still, somewhat uneasy: we recognize the everyday visual elements of concrete life circumstances are more compelling than we expect. The act of looking slows us, quiets us, and allows us to notice.
About the Artist:
Lillian Bayley Hoover | www.lillianhoover.com
Lillian Bayley Hoover earned her BFA from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Recent solo exhibitions include For the Moment at VisArts (Rockville, MD), Edges and Allowances at Honfleur Gallery (Washington, DC), Rapport at Goya Contemporary (Baltimore, MD), and Borders at Loyola University (Baltimore, MD). Hoover’s work has appeared in group exhibitions at venues such as School 33 and Creative Alliance (Baltimore, MD), the Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington, DE), and the Keisho Art Association (Aichi, Japan). She was awarded a full fellowship at Vermont Studio Center for a residency in 2015. In 2012, Hoover won the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s Trawick Prize. She has been selected as a semifinalist for Baltimore’s Sondheim Prize on five occasions. Hoover has received many other honors, including the Bethesda Young Artist Painting Award, three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a grant from Philadelphia’s Center for Emerging Visual Artists, which allowed her to conduct research and photograph in Istanbul, Turkey. Her work has twice appeared in New American Paintings and was selected for the cover of the 69th issue. Her studio is located in Baltimore, MD and she currently teaches courses in drawing and painting at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), University of Maryland, and Towson University.
Images (clockwise from top left): Lillian Bayley Hoover, “Powerlines 2,” “Yellow Warehouse,” “Factory Store,” “Storage Pod,” and “MICA.” Courtesy of the artist and Goya Contemporary.