Amy Ellingson: New Work
December 3 – 8, 2013
Eli Ridgway Gallery is pleased to present an solo exhibition of recent paintings and groups of works on paper by San Francisco artist Amy Ellingson. The artist's work explores the dichotomy between digital processes and traditional painting methodologies. All of her imagery, whether geometrically intact or abstracted and chaotic, is comprised of a vocabulary of very simple forms that are digitally manipulated. The paintings consist of many interrelated layers of repeating geometric forms, primarily straight lines and arcs, the basic building blocks of any shape or typography. Ellingson replicates these basic elements into an increasingly complex field that she then renders in discreet layers of oil and encaustic paint. Using ephemeral, digitally-generated images exclusively as her source material, Ellingson creates paintings that physically assert themselves through the materiality and permanence of historical painting media. The translation from the virtual to the real is paramount.
Amy Ellingson's interests lie in the practices of formal repetition, variation and mutation within limited serial networks. The works are created through a series of steps intended to conflate the systemic and the gestural. Working within a self-reflexive system-borrowing, distorting, manipulating, copying and pasting, re-contextualizing, Ellingson is able to create a personal language that is hermetic, yet flexible and mutable. Digital tools enable her to develop a vocabulary of forms that are used, grabbed, reused and manipulated beyond recognition, resulting in a signature vernacular of marks that are predetermined via digital processing.