Eli Ridgway | Contemporary Art is pleased to announce that Amy Ellingson's work, 50 Variations, is now on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 50 Variations, part of the museum's permanent collection, is an installation of drawings created between 2008 and 2011 in the artist's San Francisco studio and at residencies at the Ucross Foundation and MacDowell Colony. The work will be on view on floor 2 through late July, 2017 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture Since 1900.
These gouache works on paper are based on the skeletal, or ‘wire-frame’ versions of the forms that comprise the vernacular of Ellingson’s paintings. The first ten drawings making up the top row were derived from fragments of larger works and each subsequent row involves an increased repetition of particular elements, emphasis on certain features, and the removal or preservation of formal details. Installed in a grid, they are meant to suggest a trickle-down effect of digital information–degrading, mutating and rebuilding over time.