Lot 6: Ellen Carey

Moire Pull with Circles (Positive and negative)
Polaroid positive print and negative
51 x 22 inches each framed separate
Signed verso pencil
Courtesy of Ellen Carey and JHB Gallery
Fair Market Value

BIO: Ellen Carey is an educator, independent scholar, guest curator, photographer and lens-based artist, whose experimental work spans several decades. She attended the State University of New York at Buffalo for her MFA in photography, and exhibited frequently at CEPA Gallery. Her early work, Painted Self-Portraits (1978), was first exhibited at Hallwalls, an artists-run alternative space, home to the Buffalo avant-garde — Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman — and led to a seminal group exhibit, The Altered Image at PS 1. Curator Linda Cathcart of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery selected Carey’s work for this exhibition. Cathcart also included Carey’s work in The Heroic Figure, which presented thirteen American artists for the São Paulo Biennale in the mid-1980s. Carey’s work has been the subject of over 45 one-person and group exhibitions in museums, alternative spaces and commercial galleries including the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Ft. Worth, TX; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Centre Pompidou, among other locations.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts awarded the Burchfield Penney Art Center a major grant to fund a 40-year retrospective, scheduled to open in late 2018. www.ellencareyphotography.com

STATEMENT: Under the concept of Photography Degree Zero are artworks I make in a studio, with a camera, without a darkroom. This work involves my use of a rare, almost 30-year-old Polaroid 20×24 camera. I’m familiar with the camera’s inner intricacies and have invented new photographic activities, coining terms describing the techniques, such as “pulls” and “rollbacks.” This camera produces a large contact positive print, along with its negative, in a one-step peel-away process taking 60 seconds to develop. In a series of changes, actions or functions I am able to make work that is both photographic/process and abstract/minimal at the same time, often exhibiting the negatives along with the positives, giving equal status to both.

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