Art / Elliott Green
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From the artist
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I began making paintings reminiscent of landscapes in 2012, and since then have given a lot of thought to how this traditional discipline could be reimagined and revitalized.
I felt there was room for innovation in the midway between what the camera sees and the soft fleeting images the mind makes to abbreviate memories.
My basic approach has been to divide the landscape into flexible zones of variously painted abstractions, and then unify them to share a common place. The connections between these areas are important to me: if done well, two dissimilar adjoining territories can melt into each other, or exist naturally side by side, and the transition can appear as seamless as moving from scene to scene in a dream.
Each of these niche places within places can be characterized, using gesture, viscosity, transparency, and color, to embody thought, emotion, motivation, and metaphor. If these elements can blend to harmonize, then they can rise up together to provide a more expansive viewpoint and a whiff of a glimpse of coherent infinity, which ideally touches one with a fuller feeling of being a part of the world and beyond.
Using a range of paints, tools, and movements, as well as states of mind, I have been able to render and enter imaginary places, flowing along with improvisational forces. I sometimes make decisions faster than I can think. Curiosity and intuition have propelled me to find formations and energies, like the luminescent vibrations that appear in Uncoiling Light, which I accept to be true to some aspect of nature, even if I don’t fully understand it yet.
Elliott Green was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1960. He moved to New York City in 1981 and lived there for twenty-four years. In 2005 he moved to Athens, New York, a small town situated between the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River, where he continues to work and live. He has received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants, the Rome Prize, and three prizes and awards from the Academy of Arts and Letters, along with numerous residency grants. A book of his paintings, Elliott Green: At the Far Edge of the Known World, with essays by six writers, was published by Pierogi Gallery NYC in late 2019.