PHILADELPHIA - 1 FEBRUARY 2008
OPENING RECEPTION, FRIDAY 1 February 6-9pm
222 Vine Street Philadelphia PA 19106
open mon - fri 12-5, or by appointment
ELLEN DEPOORTER ecstasy and devotion
222gallery is pleased to present new works by Ellen Depoorter. In this series of pencil and charcoal drawings, Depoorter focuses on audiences at concerts and nightclubs. Observations of behavior inform the artist's choice of imagery. Some are Depoorter's personal snapshots; others are anonymous photos posted on the web. Because of the digital revolution, the anonymous and intimate have never been so public. Everyone has their "15 gigabytes of fame"; the internet is the channel for idolizing the self. In contrast, Depoorter carefully selects and crops the imagery and uses the slow medium of drawing to create her still images. The subjects and their seemingly mundane actions regain their intimate character. You the viewer are looking at them while they are experiencing moments that range from contemplation to exaltation. The people depicted are unaware of the sudden attention. Focus is demonstrated by creating highly rendered areas while leaving other areas more "unfinished". Depoorter's work is an exploration of that human filter - from perception to cognition to the hand.
Ellen Depoorter works and lives in New York and Brussels. Her work takes the documentation of new cultural experiences as its point of departure: images from web posts, movies and the artist's own journeys capture moments of emotional states. In previous work she has explored among others blissful, sexual, pornographic, horrific, contemplative and meditative states of mind mostly of female subjects. In "The Adoration of the Virgins", Depoorter converts low-resolution web porn images to large, theatrical paintings, transforming the porn stars into icons. Hereby she explores feelings of eroticism, physical attraction and emotional detachment. In "Marion", a series of seven paintings, Depoorter documents Janet Leigh's facial expressions of innocence, horror and death during the famous Psycho shower scene.
ABOUT 222gallery and odg / otto design group
odg is a design collective with offices in Los Angeles and Philadelphia specializing in identifying and directing new concepts in architecture, graphics and design. 222gallery is dedicated to expanding traditional notions of fine art, communication, and function by presenting work that blurs the boundaries between art and everyday life. As a complement to odg's design studio, the gallery is an effort to further explore the cultural landscape in which we work.