Last night’s opening was tremendous! Thank you to everyone who came out despite the rain.
Also, remember that Greg will be giving an artist talk today at noon in the gallery. Hope to see you there!
September 5, 2014 — November 1, 2014
The opening reception is Friday, September 5, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. The artist will attend. There will also be a free artist talk in the gallery on Saturday, September 6, at noon.
Gregory Scott has always blurred the lines between painting and photography, incorporating paintings he made of himself, or his body, back into his photographs. The resulting images were both humorous and odd, challenging the viewer’s perception of photographic truth. Then, at the age of 49, Scott decided to go to graduate school to strengthen his knowledge of art history and study video editing. In 2008, upon graduation, Gregory Scott stunned the art world with his mixed-media video works that combined installation, photography, performance, video and painting. As more and more artists blur the lines between media, Scott has taken the idea to a whole new level, presenting video-based wall pieces that are humorous and poignant, contemplative yet accessible.
Gregory Scott builds sets in his studio that serve as his subject. In these sets, he records himself performing a variety of scenarios that are then edited into 6-10 minute videos. The sets are then photographed, and the resulting wall piece is a mounted photograph with a cut out for a monitor on which a video plays, and a painted element appears on the photographic surface. In each video, he shows how he constructed the set that he photographed, breaking down the barrier between maker and viewer. All of the hardware is attached to the inside of the frame, making his works self-contained.
Continuing to use himself as the model, Scott creates narrative pieces that reference specific artists (Mark Rothko, James Turrell, Cy Twombly, Frank Stella) that have had an impact on his life. Using illusion and surprise, he challenges the definitions placed on photography, painting and video, expanding its discourse and creating a dialogue with the viewer. This dialogue can be seen in Warholian, which shows a photograph of a framed “painting” hanging in a gallery. The painting quickly reveals itself to be a video, showing the artist making his own Warhols, including a silkscreened Marilyn who gets up and walks out of the frame, and a Campbell’s soup can that tips over, pouring out blue paint. In his newest piece, Half Dome, Scott built a model of Yosemite in his studio, referencing Ansel Adams and the beautiful landscape he made famous. In Don’t Fade Away, he disappears into walls and staircases, referencing the work of Liu Bolin. Gregory Scott is a gifted painter, photographer, narrator and video editor, who creates clever narratives that challenge the viewers’ perception of art and the many ways it can be presented.
Visit www.edelmangallery.com to watch the installation and full length videos!
Lori Nix and Kathleen Wright are at it again! This time they have teamed up with Greenpeace and comedian/musician Reggie Watts to spread the word about using renewable energy to power the online world. Check out Greenpeace’s website to learn more about how to #ClickClean.
Be sure to watch the all four videos to see the sets Lori and Kathleen designed for the campaign.
More than 19 years ago, Catherine Edelman Gallery moved out of its second floor gallery to the lower level of 300 W. Superior Street, doubling its footprint. In 2005 it expanded again, adding an additional 1200 sq. feet of exhibition space. Now in its 26th year, CEG is running out of storage space. To help alleviate this problem, we’ve decided to mount Framed & Ready, a rotation of gallery artists whose photographic works are all custom framed and ready to be brought home.
Until recently, photographers were working in standard sizes, most notably 11 x 14”, 16 x 20” and 20 x 24”, and sold their works unframed, letting collectors decide the final presentation. The rise of new printing technologies has resulted is an explosion of sizes that demand custom framing, which, unless sold at an exhibition, are bound for storage. Like many galleries, CEG is running out of storage space. In an effort to tackle this problem, all pieces in Framed & Ready will be sold with framing included. It is our hope that if a work sells, another will take its place, creating an evolving summer exhibition.
Join us for the opening reception tomorrow, Friday, July 11, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Framed & Ready
July 11 – August 29, 2014
You can view the entire show on our website.
We hope you you let go and have a great holiday.
The gallery will be closed Friday and Saturday, July 4 & 5 in honor of Independence Day. We’ll see you next Friday for the opening reception of Framed & Ready from 5 – 8pm.
Elizabeth Ernst spends an enormous amount of time creating the characters in her work. She begins the process by sculpting a figure with polymer clay or found objects. She then photographs the figure, either secluded with jarring lighting or within a constructed environment, such as in Gus in His Kitchen preparing to cook an egg or The Junk Collector sitting amongst his metal parts. In the final component of the process, Elizabeth applies paint to the photographic surface and creates a written story for each character.
Elizabeth kindly shared with CEG two behind the scenes images of Gus In His Kitchen, 2014 to help us better understand her process, the scale of the figure and her ability to create spaces for her characters to live within.
In the following video clip, Elizabeth discusses Gus In His Kitchen even further. Stop by the gallery before July 3 to see the completed piece in person.
Elizabeth Ernst: Mirror Mirror
May 2 – July 3, 2014
Have a great Father’s Day!