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Artist's Reception: Ellen Carey at Joseph Bellows Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 18, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 06, 2014

Photography Degree Zero

Exhibition Dates: June 2 - July 14, 2012

Artist's Reception:
Saturday, June 2
5:00 - 8:00 pm


 The internationally acclaimed photo-based artist Ellen Carey will present her work for the first time in California at the Joseph Bellows Gallery. Carey is both experimental and innovative; she has managed to push the limits of the photographic media as she has engaged its early history. Abstraction and Minimalism seem to literally oppose the idea and creation of any lens-based work, but Carey's practice and development of the polaroid "pull" in 1996 proved possible a new genre and approach to photographic image-making. The visual qualities and concerns of her work claim lineage to the established 20th century movements of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism and Conceptual art. This said, the work fits eerily well with the earliest description of photography- drawing with light.


Gestural, painterly, rhythmic frames are saturated with rich thick color particular to the large 20 x 24 in. Polaroid. The unique prints are particularly rare as only five cameras used to create the work exist.

For more information on the artist, her work, and the exhibition
please visit Joseph Bellows Gallery


Related Event:
WISH YOU WERE HERE: THE BUFFALO AVANT-GARDE IN THE 1970S
at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo, NY

Through July 8, 2012

Exhibition provides survey of the Avant Garde cultural climate in Buffalo in the 1970's; the creative web between the visual arts, new media, literature, and music is mapped. Buffalo was one of the critical "geographical pockets" that cultivated postmodern and contemporary movements. Early works by Ellen Carey included in the exhibition.

For more information, please visit Albright Knox Art Gallery

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