Join the ICA and artist Amy Ellingson as she explains the process that went into developing and creating her solo-exhibition ’Amy Ellingson: Iterations & Assertions’.
This solo exhibition will focus on a large-scale diptych by Amy Ellingson, a site-specific 40-foot long mural, and a three-dimensional sculptural translation of the diptych. Based in San Francisco, Ellingson’s complicated process involves borrowing, distorting, manipulating and re-contextualizing simple, basic forms in order to create a complex field of information. Ellingson states of her work: "My interests lie in the practices of formal repetition, variation and mutation within limited serial networks."
Ellingson’s paintings and works on paper explore the dichotomy between the lightning-fast process of digital technology and the more labor-intensive method of traditional painting and drawing. All of her paintings are initially created on a computer. She begins with a vocabulary of fundamental forms, which she then digitally manipulates and distorts to create complex fields of painted imagery. Currently, she has begun to experiment with ideas that expand her methodologies, introducing elements and processes that are more unexpected, uncontrolled, and not exclusively pre-determined by digital sketches, resulting in a more fluid, back-and-forth process between digital and traditional renderings.