Emilie Halpern | Shōka

22 September – 21 December 2013

 | 22 September - 18 October 2013 | opening reception: Sunday, 22 September 2013 | 6:49 - 9:00pm

| 26 October - 23 November 2013 | opening reception: Saturday, 26 October 2013 | 3:00 - 5:00pm

 | 30 November - 21 December 2013 | opening reception: Saturday, 30 November 2013 | 6:00 - 8:00pm

Pepin Moore is proud to present Shōka, a solo exhibition of new works by Emilie Halpern on view from the autumnal equinox on September 22nd to the winter solstice on December 21st 2013. There will be an opening reception for each part, and a closing reception on December 21st, from six to eight in the evening.


Shōka is an exhibition in three parts, a concept derived in part from the shōka style of ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of floral composition. The shōka style, cultivated in the Ikenobō school in the 15th century, is a minimal description of the universe in three parts: the earth (), the heavens (), and humanity ().


Part one of Halpern's Shōka exhibition is titled (pronounced chi, meaning 'earth') and is comprised of fluorescent rocks aligned in a rectangle based on the proportions of the gallery space. During the white sunlight of the day, the rocks appear as a minimal earthwork. At night they are exposed to black light, causing them to fluoresce and reveal their natural and usually hidden uniqueness.


Part two of Shōka is titled  (pronounced ten, meaning 'heaven'). will document direct sunlight in the gallery space on the first day of exhibition. Gold leaf will cover the gallery space at a time when direct sunlight hits the interior on October 26, 2013.


Part three of the exhibition is titled (pronounced jin, meaning 'human'). presents a collection of Halpern's new pottery works. Over the last few years, Halpern has produced a number of ceramic works as a retreat from her normally concept-driven practice. These new works are representative of the human interaction and manipulation of the previous two elements of the exhibition. The pottery is presented here as the culmination of the exhibition - the third element of the shōka triad. The exhibition design for is done in collaboration with gallery artist Paul Stoelting.


Emilie Halpern (b. 1976, Paris, France) is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. She holds a BA from the University of California Los Angeles and MFA from Art Center College of Design. Halpern's work has been exhibited widely including at Western Bridge, Seattle; Art Palace, Houston; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles; and Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson; Horton Gallery, New York; Leo Koenig, New York; Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; Galerie West, The Hague; and La Central, Bogota, among others. This is the artist's third solo exhibition with the gallery.


This exhibition will mark the end of Pepin Moore's three and a half year program. The gallery will close permanently on 21 December 2013.

For more information please contact Lisa Madonna at or +1 213 626 0501.