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Emilie Halpern, October 26th 2013, 4:03pm, gold leaf, 25' x 15' 6“ x 12' 1”.

Emilie Halpern

Pepin Moore

Emilie Halpern, October 26th 2013, 4:03pm, gold leaf, 25' x 15' 6“ x 12' 1”.

Opening on the fall equinox and closing on the winter solstice, Emilie Halpern’s third solo show at Pepin Moore seemed more in sync with cosmological rhythms than with the mundane cycles of the art world. Halpern took her show’s title and tripartite arrangement from the shōka style of ikebana, which symbolizes the balance between ten (earth), chi (heavens), and jin (human). Each monthlong “phase” of her exhibition took on a stark, elemental character: The first consisted entirely of rough rocks with fluorescent properties, placed on the gallery floor. A blend of daylight and black light lent many of the rocks a pale UV glow, and at night the gallery became a neon Zen garden of yellow, purple, and orange blotches. For “Heavens,” Halpern applied gold leaf to those areas where a moment of direct sunlight struck the gallery’s walls and fixtures—an index, titled October 26th 2013,

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