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Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY BRETT SOKOL

Freshly re­lo­cated to Lit­tle Haiti, the Emer­son Dorsch gallery wows this month with eye-catch­ing new paint­ings by Elis­a­beth Con­don.

FRESHLY RE­LO­CATED FROM WYN­WOOD TO LIT­TLE HAITI, THE EMER­SON DORSCH GALLERY WOWS THIS MONTH WITH EYE-CATCH­ING NEW PAINT­INGS BY ELIS­A­BETH CON­DON.

“It’s weird to be shocked by a flower or a bird, but it works!” laughs gal­lerist Tyler Emer­son­dorsch. The shock she’s re­fer­ring to is bound to be a com­mon re­ac­tion to the lat­est se­ries of paint­ings by Elis­a­beth Con­don, which will be shown in a new exhibition called “Unnatural Life” at the gallery Emer­son Dorsch.

Over the past decade, Con­don has gar­nered a de­voted fol­low­ing for her sprawl­ing ab­stract can­vases, but suddenly (and sur­pris­ingly) fig­u­ra­tion has emerged in her work—a small bird or a patch of be­guil­ing flora amidst her usual oth­er­world­li­ness.

“She is com­pletely com­mit­ted to the art of paint­ing, to the very ma­te­ri­al­ity of paint it­self,” says Emer­son-dorsch. “There’s some­thing a lit­tle fa­mil­iar there to an art historian, some­thing I can im­me­di­ately grab on to. Yet she’s al­ways push­ing her own bound­aries to go into new ter­ri­tory.”

Con­don’s new work is both fa­mil­iar and won­der­fully dif­fer­ent—a tag that could ap­ply just as well to Emer­son-dorsch’s gallery, which she and her part­ner (and hus­band), Brook Dorsch, re­cently moved from Wyn­wood to Lit­tle Haiti.

They re­main de­voted to a ros­ter of pri­mar­ily Mi­ami-based artists—in­clud­ing sculp­tors Robert Thiele and Frances Trombly and painters Jenny Brill­hart and Mette Tom­merup—but their neigh­bors are def­i­nitely new: an art­fo­cused book­store launched by Ex­ile Books’ Amanda Kee­ley and a let­ter­press print shop run by artist Tom Vir­gin, as well as Pan­ther Coffee and Clive’s Cafe. Says Emer­son-dorsch, “It’s go­ing to be a lit­tle hub.” “Unnatural Life” opens Fe­bru­ary 11 at Emer­son Dorsch, 5900 NW Sec­ond Ave., Mi­ami, 305-5761278; emer­son­dorsch.com.

Elis­a­beth Con­don in her stu­dio at the Swatch Art Peace Ho­tel in Shang­hai, China. above: Her 2016 paint­ing Unnatural Life.

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