Ellen Kozak’s solo show “Periodical” opens with an Artist’s Reception on Saturday, May 28th, 5-8pm at Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties, NY.
Ellen Kozak’s solo exhibition “Periodical” exhibits new oil paintings that are on the cusp between representation and abstraction. Along with her latest oil paintings, Ms. Kozak presents a single-channel video, ”Notations on A River,” a work commissioned by the Katonah Museum of Art. Working on-site beside the Hudson River, Ellen Kozak’s paintings and video explore equivalences in the behavior of her subject and her materials. In her paintings, thinly painted on wood panels that have been prepared with a hand-made dry gesso, luminous waves of shimmering color evoke movement and vibration of light on water. Kozak’s work in video investigates the degree to which photographic images can be perceived as line, abstract marks, strokes, and calligraphic motifs. As the art critic Dore Ashton observed about Ellen Kozak’s work, “Her task is to distance, and at the same time bring close, all that she sees, but also all that she feels, as her eye sweeps over the great river…”
Ms. Kozak has long-standing interests in working from perception, paying close attention to visual phenomena, and incorporating ideas of mimesis. She allows the physical properties of her materials and tools to play a primary inventive role. Her video work, “Notations on A River” is on 24-hour display in the storefront gallery window.
Ellen Kozak’s solo show “Periodical” opens May 28th and continues through June 22nd, 2016.
About Ellen Kozak:
Ms. Kozak’s work can be found in many important museum and public collections throughout the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum, the National Museum of American Art/Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Art in Japan, as well as in institutional collections at Harvard and Yale. Ellen Kozak has a master’s degree from M.I.T, Center for Advanced Visual Studies and is a professor of light, color and design at Pratt Institute. Ms. Kozak lives and works in New York City and New Baltimore, NY
More information about Ellen Kozak can be found:
Artist’s website: http://ellenkozak.com
Ellen Kozak’s Video Work on Vimeo: http://bit.ly/ccakozvid
Selected Essays and reviews about Ellen Kozak:
Ellen J. Keiter for the Katonah Museum of Art: http://bit.ly/ccakozkat
Robert G. Edelman for Art in America: http://bit.ly/ccakozaia
Laura Vookles for the Hudson River Museum: http://bit.ly/ccakozhrm
Dore Ashton Forward for Ellen Kozak’s Artist Book, Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes: Notations on a Landscape: http://bit.ly/ccakozdash