A Division

Of Spaces

Multi-disciplinary works of Hilary Hubanks & Elizabeth Eisenstein

February 2nd- 28th

Friday- Sunday 11-5pm or by Appointment contact midnightoilgallery@gmail.com



Hilary Hubanks

is an Illustrator and Print Designer who creates bright, eccentric drawings and textiles. Originally from southern Wisconsin, she takes much of her inspiration from her open- minded upbringing and her appreciation for the natural world.Additionally, she takes inspiration from Norwegian folk art, tribal ornamentation, atmospheric energy, extraterrestrial life, and human darkness and taboos. Using these influences along with an array of mixed media, Hilary creates highly patterned work brimming with detail that speaks to her multitude of interests and the perception of how many experiences happen simultaneously in one singular minute. She now lives and works in New York City, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

This series is a merging of two revelations in the desert; it is both freeing and wild, a place to let your strangest fantasies consume you, and it is a place of extreme boundary and segregation. As a foreigner to the desert who was born and raised in wintry forest, it has always intrigued me. Throughout the last two years I have seen both sides of the sandy climate and felt the power it has over humans. I have combined work from those two perspectives, one of bewilderment and awe and one of harsh realities.

During my first visit to Joshua Tree, California I was able to formulate what an ancient tribal culture might look like had it been influenced by aliens, which is depicted in the pieces made from collaged paper on wood panel. The quiet and mysterious desert allowed me the freedom to explore these possibilities of extraterrestrial life and what it might look like as relics from a civilization that existed long ago.

The second set of drawings illustrates a much different view of the desert after a recent trip to Jerusalem. Instead of freedom I found harsh contrasts in scenery, culture, ways of thinking, and heavily segregated neighborhoods. Religion, traditions, clothing, language, and rituals are all smashed together into a melting pot of extreme tension but also quilted beauty. A wall snakes in and out of this landscape, separating one people from another, which plays a large role in all three of these illustrations. By depicting the highly contrasted scenery and atmosphere my focus is on the differences that are separating these people, but also what aspects of humanity bring them together. These works are unified however through my use of bright color, eccentric textures and patterns, and mixed media. By using different mediums and details, I strive to create works that buzz with energy all happening simultaneously within each piece.



Elizabeth Eisenstein

Elizabeth Eisenstein is a ceramicist whose work explores form, texture, and pattern. While she has always been drawn to minimalism, she equally loves intricate designs and showcasing the tactility of her materials. She tries to find a harmony between her minimalist aspirations and maximalist tendencies by creating items that have clean lines and elegant forms, but don’t shy away from elaborate patterns, unique glaze application, and textural surface enrichment. Her current work is influenced by the black Pueblo pottery of New Mexico, though it differs in style and technique. Elizabeth applies glaze to each piece by hand using a resist method. There is a direct conversation between the glaze pattern and the form of the vessel—sometimes the form of a piece is designed to accommodate a certain pattern; other times, the pattern is dictated by the form. Elizabeth is based in Yucca Valley, CA and received her BFA in 2012 from New York University. Shortly after moving to the high desert, she began working as a production potter and expanded her own functional pottery line, ZZIEE Ceramics, which was launched 2015.