until April | #2965ARTatBerlin | Galerie Max Hetzler presents since 20 February 2021 a solo show with paintings by Jeff Elrod at Galerie Bleibtreustraße 15/16. This is the artist’s fourth solo presentation with Galerie Max Hetzler. The exhibition can be viewed through the large window front or by appointment.
Since the late 1990s, Elrod has been creating abstract paintings that combine analogue and digital technologies and are based on the artist’s original drawings, photographs and scanned studio material by the artist.
Elrod uses various techniques to reproduce graphic and painterly grid images on canvas. This is usually done by hand and using mechanical and electronic printing technologies. Industrially influenced methods such as screen printing, inkjet printing, the use of airbrush, spray paint and of stencils are central to the artist’s work.
In this new group of works, Elrod uses an inkjet printer to create manipulated images on canvas. This creates complex layers of distorted abstract forms that reflect their own digital origins. In places, the pictorial elements seem to fade, giving the richly inked works ghostly features. Based on digital drawings, the artist creates a place where the individual planes and lines seem to float diffusely on the surface of the canvas.
Elrod’s works represent the flat, cut-out space of a computer screen, which the artist calls “screen-space”. Like his earlier works, Elrod’s new paintings question the unique relationship between art and technology and explore painting’s ever-changing place within this spectrum.
Jeff Elrod (*1966, Dallas, Texas) lives and works in Marfa, Texas and Brooklyn, New York. His work has been exhibited in international institutions including Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (2015); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2014); MoMA PS1, New York (2013); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth (2009); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and The Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach (both 2001).
Elrod’s work is included in renowned collections such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Progressive Corporation, Mayfeld, Ohio; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Washington D.C.; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Menil Collection, Houston.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 20. February to April 2021
Further exhibitions of Galerie Max Hetzler in Berlin at the same time:
Karel Appel – Object Paintings
Goethestraße 2/3, 10623 Berlin
Bleibtreustraße 45, 10623 Berlin
Image caption: Jeff Elrod, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 2021, Foto: def image © Jeff Elrod, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London
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