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Southampton’s Liz Sloan Prepares for International Debut in Tokyo

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Liz Sloan,

Liz Sloan, "Wonder," 2024. Paper, ink, paint, 23 1/2" x 20 7/8" x 1 3/4." COURTESY THE ARTIST

Liz Sloan,

Liz Sloan, "Classic Signature," 2024. Paper, ink, paint, 17 3/8" x 24 5/8" x 1 3/4." COURTESY THE ARTIST

Liz Sloan,

Liz Sloan, "Write Me a Note," 2020. Painted aluminum, 71" x 39" x 15." COURTESY THE ARTIST

Carole Reed on Apr 15, 2024

Liz Sloan, an artist whose work is deeply rooted in the Southampton art scene, is gearing up for her first international exhibition, “Signature Ginza 2024,” at the Ippodo Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. This significant event in Sloan’s career offers an opportunity to reflect on her journey and contributions to local and global art communities.

Sloan’s artistic journey, marked by an exploration of identity and personal expression, has seen her evolve from a local talent to an artist of international interest. Her involvement in the Southampton art community is well-documented through her participation in a series of notable exhibitions across the region and beyond. Sloan’s first solo show at the Mark Humphrey Gallery in Southampton laid the groundwork for her exploration of themes central to her work today. Since then, Sloan has expanded her reach, holding solo exhibitions such as the 2020 show at George Billis Gallery in New York City; a 2016 exhibition at Scope, Miami Beach and a 2016 display at Quogue Gallery. These exhibitions not only showcase Sloan’s evolving narrative and artistic style but also affirm her as an integral part of the Southampton art community, contributing to its diversity and richness.

Furthermore, Sloan’s participation in group exhibitions, including the 2018 Market Art & Design in Bridgehampton, and The East End Group Collective 4 in 2018 curated by Paton Miller at the Southampton Arts Center, underscores her versatility and the recognition of her talent. These exhibitions highlight Sloan’s ability to engage with broader themes and conversations within the art world while maintaining a connection to her local roots.

“Signature Ginza 2024” promises to be a culmination of Sloan’s artistic explorations, focusing on the tension between individuality and universality through a minimalist palette and thoughtful composition. The exhibition represents Sloan’s most ambitious work to date. The series explores the interplay between the universal and the individual, employing a minimalist palette that speaks volumes. Blue, black, and white dominate, with intentional strokes of ink-blue and crimson punctuating Sloan’s narrative. This collection not only showcases her technical prowess but also her deep respect for the Japanese aesthetic — valuing simplicity, harmony and the conveyance of profound meanings in subdued forms.

As Liz Sloan steps onto the international stage, her work invites viewers to ponder the impact of technology on personal identity, emphasizing the enduring significance of the personal signature in the digital age. The exhibition, running from April 12 to April 21 at the Ippodo Gallery, is a pivotal moment for Sloan and a point of pride for the Southampton community, reflecting the universal appeal of local talent.

For more information about “Signature Ginza 2024,” visit ippodogallerytokyo.com or lizsloanart.com.

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