Exhibition Dates: May 2 - July 3, 2014
Artist's Opening Reception:
Friday, May 2
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Artist's Talk at the Gallery:
Saturday, May 3
marks Elizabeth Ernst's third solo show at the gallery. Ernst creates fantastical photo-driven mixed media works. A practice that began in her childhood as a way to protect and perhaps even give companionship to her brother, only 14 months younger than her who suffered from cerebral palsy, Ernst imagines and builds imaged characters out of wood, paper mache, wire, and other bits of basic materials. Not only does Ernst give her imagined friends names, she builds their surroundings, and personalities emerge and dramas unfold. These characters evolve as do the dramas in their lives and histories. There is Edie who dons a star-studded tiara and through the age in her eyes we can only imagine her well-lived past. There is a solitary robot-man, the Junk Collector who seems sullen and solitary but more content to smoke a cigaret in his back room than build himself a companion. There is Kenny who is humble and tired, and with his concertina under his arm and his shirt untucked it hardly matters if he is at the beginning or end of his day he is certainly at the tail end of a long lifetime.
Some of Ernst's figures we have seen before. Some works are familiar, others give new insight to the ongoing stories around her evolving cast. The images themselves are unique and hybridized. Prints of the composed figures and miniature scenes are printed on canvas and then embellished with acrylic paint.
For more information on this exhibition, please visit Catherine Edelman Gallery
Gus in the Kitchen (2013)