Ellen Levy, from the video Stealing Attention, 2009,
Courtesy of Michael Steinberg Gallery, as seen the Brooklyn Rail.
This week's art tour takes us to Ellen K. Levy's studio for an exclusive conversation with this brilliant artist.
Ellen creates art that delves into Complexity Theory: the overlapping of various sciences, technology, culture, cognition and art. In her interview with the Brooklyn Rail, Levy describes her recent projects which investigate these areas of study.
"In my art I explore complex relationships between nature and culture by building a dialogue between the handmade and the technological. I draw inspiration from a range of inventions, including plans to generate unseen forces of energy or to shape living matter. I initially select images and text of
patented inventions from digital archives that highlight the convergence of economic and political interests. I alter these minimal black-and-white diagrams through re-drafting and computer programs. Then I cut, displace, glue, and paint over the printed paper surface, engaging the materials and underlying wood support as significant visual components. I paint new images over the surface, taking cues from the inventors' descriptions and titles. In so doing, each public document becomes a unique work of art "
Here is her interview with the Brooklyn Rail.
The New York Arts Exchange group will meet between 12:30 and 1 pm. Our tour begins at 1 pm sharp.
Please confirm your reservation in order to receive information about our meeting place.
Tour fee: $60 a la carte.
Ellen K. Levy will also moderate a panel on "Neuroscience and the Arts: Shared Interfaces" at Location One, 26 Green Street, NYC, on Tuesday, December 11 at 7 pm. This is an opportunity to hear artists address the interrelationship of the body, mind, consciousness, neuroscience and art.
Beth New York
aka Beth Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange