Ellen Gallagher, Accidental Records

Another exhibition I'm hopeful will travel is Ellen Gallagher's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles at Hauser & Wirth. Gallagher has refashioned history painting to interrogate the past through some of the most innovative and compelling images of our generation.  

In her LA Times review Carolina Miranda writes 

In her latest paintings, Gallagher considers the ways in which the Atlantic Ocean wasn’t simply a conveyance of the slave trade, it was a geography rife with meaning: a place of transformation from human to cargo, a graveyard for people whose place on land had been called into ruthless question. 
Working with her traditional grid of collaged paper Gallagher's sea bed images of crabs, skulls and skeletal remains become portraits while simultaneously dissolving into the depths of the sea. In her interview with Miranda,  Gallagher explains 
These are history paintings. “It’s this portrait of this space in between, this space where you are dead and alive at the same time. 


Ellen Gallagher, Aquajujidsu, 2017
Oil, acrylic, ink and paper on canvas 
74 x 79 1/2 in, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth 
Photo: Ernst Moritz

Installation view, Hauser + Wirth
Ellen Gallagher, Whale Falls, 2017
Oil, acrylic, ink and paper on canvas, 74 x 79 1/2 in 
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth 
Photo: Ernst Moritz


Ellen Gallagher, Whale Fall, 2017
Oil, acrylic, ink and paper on canvas, 74 x 79 1/2 in 
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth 
Photo: Ernst Moritz

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