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  Lori Ellison
January 10 - February 16, 2014
 
 
Lori Ellison’s second solo exhibition with the gallery is comprised of two bodies of work: gouache paintings on wood panels and red or blue ink drawings on lined notebook paper. All are small-scale and most were executed within the last two years. The exhibition features the abstract visual motifs the artist has explored for years: geometric shapes such as triangles, checkerboards, and diamonds, as well as minute organic shapes. They may be arranged concentrically or in rows, or meander across the entire visual field. In some works there is a play of figure/ground relationships and others are optically charged through the use of dense patterning. Several feature linear compositions which coalesce into forms relating to the body or nature. And there are new patterns, such as starbursts and rectilinear arrays with concentric links. In addition, a series of small paintings from 2010 is included, in which the color wheel is explored in individually monochromatic works.
 
What is notable about Ellison’s work is the expression of devotion, dedication and intimacy through her use of pattern, repetition, rhythm, and obsessive execution. Ellison has written the following about the new work: “Smaller work has an intimacy about it, and with intimacy comes familiarity and mystery. It is when one discovers both a sense of humor and a hidden depth. The problem with our levity today is that it lacks gravity. I aim for both. My choice of colors is good humored. My repetition has a wacky absurdity. My choice of motifs has a wry wit. One does not have to make large work to hold a wall. Compactness and concision can be a relief in this age of spectacle.”
 
 
Untitled, 2013
Gouache on wood panel
14 x 11 inches
 

Untitled, 2013
Gouache on wood panel
10 x 8 inches
 

Untitled, 2013
Gouache on wood panel
12 x 9 inches
 
 
Bedford Boogie-Woogie Red, 2010
Gouache on wood panel
8 x 6 inches
 

Bedford Boogie-Woogie Green, 2010
Gouache on wood panel
8 x 6 inches
 

Bedford Boogie-Woogie Yellow, 2010
Gouache on wood panel
8 x 6 inches
 
 
Bedford Boogie-Woogie Purple, 2010
Gouache on wood panel
8 x 6 inches
 

Bedford Boogie-Woogie Orange, 2010
Gouache on wood panel
8 x 6 inches
 

Bedford Boogie-Woogie Blue, 2010
Gouache on wood panel
8 x 6 inches
 
 
Untitled, 2013
Gouache on wood panel
14 x 11 inches
 

Untitled, 2012
Gouache on wood panel
12 x 9 inches
 

Untitled, 2012
Gouache on wood panel
12 x 9 inches
 
 
Diamond Life Purple, 2013
Gouache on wood panel
10 x 8 inches
 

Diamond Life Orange, 2013
Gouache on wood panel
10 x 8 inches
 

Diamond Life Red, 2013
Gouache on wood panel
10 x 8 inches
 
 
Diamond Life Yellow, 2013
Gouache on wood panel
10 x 8 inches
 

Diamond Life Blue, 2013
Gouache on wood panel
10 x 8 inches
 

Diamond Life Green, 2013
Gouache on wood panel
10 x 8 inches
 
 
Untitled, 2012
Gouache on wood panel
12 x 9 inches
 

Untitled, 2010
Gouache on wood panel
12 x 9 inches
 
 
Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 

Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 

Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 
 
Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 5/8 x 8 1/4
 

Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 

Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches
 
 
Untitled, 2012
Ink on notebook paper
11 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches
 

Untitled, 2012
Ink on notebook paper
11 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches
 

Untitled, 2012
Ink on notebook paper
11 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches
 
 
Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 

Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 

Untitled, 2012
Ink on notebook paper
11 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches
 
 
Untitled, 2012
Ink on notebook paper
11 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches
 

Untitled, 2012
Ink on notebook paper
11 5/8 x 8 1/4 inches
 

Untitled, 2012
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 
 
Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 

Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 

Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 
 
Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 

Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 

Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 
 
Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 

Untitled, 2013
Ink on notebook paper
11 x 8 1/2 inches
 
 
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