GEORGIA ELROD: AROUND THE CORNER
May 9th – June 1st, 2014
Opening Reception – Friday, May 9, 6PM
For immediate release
It was as if she knew somehow that time was short, that autumn was almost upon her, without knowing yet the exact significance of autumn.
-William Faulker, Light in August
Only to the gaze of my consciousness, crawling upward along the life line of my body, does a section of this world come to life as a fleeting image in space which continuously changes in time.
NOVELLA is pleased to present "Around the Corner", a solo exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Georgia Elrod. Painted from imagination, these works are a translation of the artist’s memory and subconscious. They present glimpses of interiors, and within and beyond them, moments of absence and reflection. The work has been inspired by the complexities and unanswered questions that surround the artist’s own family history. As the past is navigated and interpreted, these paintings have become extrapolations, bearing witness to a history through allusion and suggestion. They attempt to include the viewer in the conversation as they both fill in the blanks and create new ones. In this recent work there lingers the anticipation of potential narratives.
Elrod makes many drawings in ink on paper and these often inspire larger paintings. These luminous works have a light-blasted quality; thinly painted surfaces subtly suggest edges, layers, and the spaces in between. Paint has been added but also intentionally rubbed out, creating form through removal. This subtraction, along with the addition of drawing in pastel has become an increasingly important aspect of the artist’s process.
"Around the Corner" presents stages, openings, and visions of a world quietly reverberating with something just out of reach. The work suggests a sense of anticipation and invites the viewer to explore.
Georgia Elrod is a New York City based artist and painter. Her work has been exhibited in New York and abroad at a variety of spaces, including John Davis Gallery, Jay Etkin Gallery in Memphis, and RH+Gallery in Istanbul. This year she was awarded a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) as well as the WAAW Residency in Senegal. Georgia is a curator and co-runner of Heliopolis Project, in Greenpoint Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Painting from Hunter College in 2010, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.