Ellen Grossman

While in Brooklyn, I step into a small gallery Art 101, which is exhibiting the work of a sweet lady named Ellen Grossman. She created a series of metallic line drawings that looked like three-dimensional landscapes. Each line has a start and end date and time –– some of the drawings taking over 100 hours to complete, some over a year. Each drawing is like a zen meditation on paper. When I asked Ellen about her process, she described it as a form of meditation. In her artist statement, she discuses the fluidity of time “seeming to drag or surge, so I began to record the date, hour and minute at the start and end of each line. This record of how long each line takes to make has evolved into notation of subtotals for each day, as well as a running total. This can be daunting and that’s part of the point. As in science recording observations can alter results. Written numbers build up, forcing the lines to fan out, becoming part of the texture, radically affecting how the drawings look.”

I googled Ellen and saw that she was the woman in the viral video who Jay-Z introduced himself to on the subway ride to his show at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

Unfortunately, these small jpgs of her work do not do them justice whatsoever; they are much more impressive and metallic in person. So, if you can make it to Art 101 before the end of her solo show on April 13, 2014, do so! And then have a gorgeous meal at Reynard in the Wythe Hotel or The Elm!

Khmasea Hoa Bristol


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