Lot 13: Ellen Carey

CEPA Gallery's 2014 Biennial Art Auction artist Ellen Carey

Ellen Carey
Dings & Shadows
Black & White Photogram (Toned)
24 x 20 inches
Singed Verso
Dings & Shadows (2010-2013) Series
Courtesy of the Artist and Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NY

BIO: Ellen Carey is an internationally recognized contemporary photographic artist. Carey is an M.F.A. graduate of the University at Buffalo. Since 1978, her work has been included in 50 solo exhibitions, and hundreds of group exhibitions, including the recent exhibitions, Struck by Light (Nina Freudenheim, Buffalo, NY) and Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-Garde in the 1970s (Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY). Carey’s work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and other public, corporate and private collections. She is Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Hartford and works at the Polaroid 20•24 Studio in New York. She is represented by Jayne H. Baum Gallery in New York and Nina Freudenheim Gallery in Buffalo. www.ellencarey.net

STATEMENT: Carey is considered a pioneer in her practice of the cameraless photogram and use of 20” x 24” Polaroid camera. Her breakthrough artworks highlight her investigations into the less-is-more tenets of images, with their little or zero exposure. With a series of changes, actions or functions she creates work that is both photographic and abstract/minimal simultaneously. In her Dings & Shadows Series, Carey creates abstract compositions from penlights used with R/G/B/Y/M/C, the formula for photographic color theory. Carey explains, “this palette unifies my concept and gives context; the historical content of the “shadow” partners the “ding”, a photographic taboo.”

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