For the first time Texas and New York-based artist Jeff Elrod appears in a solo exhibition at Simon Lee Gallery, London. Following an acclaimed exhibition at MoMA in New York earlier this year, the pieces chosen are from a new body of large-scale abstract paintings concerned with the relationship between hand-painted and digitally created mark-making. Running 15 October until 23 November, Elrod’s practice is informed by the development of the late 20th century abstraction and the emergence of sophisticated software and print technology.
A large proportion of his works are hybrid images that incorporate what he refers to as “analogue” techniques using acrylic, tape, and spray paint, and digital drawings that originate using familiar programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop. The resulting paintings are distinguished by shifts between flat planes of colour and an illusory depth.
A second series of art, known as the Echo paintings, are produced from hard-edged digital drawings which Elrod creates into blurred images using Photoshop. They are then printed in UV ink on canvas and were originally inspired by Brion Gysin and William Burrough’s self-hypnotising Dream Machine. The artist’s interpretation of their work consists of indistinct blotches of two and three-tone colour spread across the painted space.
Jeff Elrod, Simon Lee Gallery, 15 October – 23 November, Simon Lee Gallery, 12 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DT.
1. Jeff Elrod, Cold Cut-Up, 2012, UV Ink and acrylic on canvas, 80 x 64 in. (203.2 x 162.56 cm), Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery, London/Hong Kong.