and the Hudson River School’s romanticism—yet there is no single word or movement that can encompass the work.
The artist likens her work to an event, a situational explication of the sublime, or as she prefers to quote philosopher Edmund Burke, “tranquility tinged with terror.” In recent projects—including her 2009 Violet Jolt sculptural installation at Stuyvesant and 9th outside of New York University—the event aspect is indeed clearly present in Gellis’ work, compelling the passerby to experience and engage the artist’s “mark” in three dimensions. Yet the paintings in Ephemera are a return, and more importantly, an expansion of something much more essential to the artist—paint.
Holding a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University, Gellis has both an exceptional vision and imagination, and the breadth of technical skill necessary to bring it to life. For all her creative capacity however, Gellis’ work is ultimately about the act of painting itself—about forgetting everything and allowing the work to take on a life of its own.
EPHEMERA will be on view July 23 - August 27, 2011 at GARBOUSHIAN GALLERY. The opening reception is Saturday, July 23, from 6 to 8 pm.