Miranda Kuo Gallery is pleased to announce Square, Line, Circle, Ellie Krakow’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Square, Line, Circle is a playful selection of pieces from Krakow’s current body of work, Arm Armature. The show focuses on works from the series that utilize physical and formal gestures of basic shapes.
Arm Armature began as an obsession with armatures: the hidden structures used to display ancient fragments in museums, and to hold subjects still for long-exposure photography. Krakow uses the armature form as a metaphor for how humans support one another during times of loss and transformation. Color and display have a significant role in this work. Employing both Chroma-key background colors and museum color palates, Krakow’s work contrasts the added value of advertising and museum display with absence, disembodiment and relocation.
Krakow’s process is circular. She photographs support structures that exist in the world; makes ceramic sculptures that mimic them; poses and photographs her arms in the gestures of her sculptures; and makes sculptures that mimic her posed arms. She works back and forth, and round and round in this way, producing parts. For the finished pieces Krakow stages a dialogue between her sculptures and photographs, integrating them into “furniture-pedestals,” a translation of museum pedestals that also suggest domestic vanities. Like her process, these “furniture-pedestals” offer a circular viewing experience – each side providing different viewpoints with additional information.
Ellie Krakow is an interdisciplinary artist who earned her MFA from Hunter College and her BA through study at Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Solo exhibitions of her work have been shown at NURTUREart, Thomas Hunter Project Space, Spring/Break Art Fair, and Cuchifritos Gallery. Recent group show venues include Field Projects, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, Present Company, Interstate Projects, and NARS Foundation (all NYC); outside of New York City venues include Wasserman Projects in Detroit, the Kingston Sculpture Biennial in Kingston, NY, the Pula Film Festival in Croatia, and MMX Open Art in Berlin. Her text-based projects have been published in VECTOR Artists Journal and Drain Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture, and her artwork has been featured in BOMB, Lookie-Lookie, The Stranger, and Dossier Journal. She is a recipient of a Boomerang Fund for Artists Grant and has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yaddo, and Abrons Arts Center.