David Ellis X New Image Art
February 4th, 2011 by Chloe Gallagher
Mola Salsa, or salted flour, was a common offering to the household hearth in ancient Roman religion. A mixture of coarsely ground emmer, flour and salt, mola salsa was prepared by the Vestal Virgins and used to anoint the foreheads of animals before sacrifice. The spiritual and mythological connotations of the term are fitting for David Ellis‘ new body of work opening at New Image Art this Saturday, which features 15 new works on paper and a new motion painting focusing on animal imagery rendered in biorythmic patterns. Ellis is heavily influenced by music, and his improvisational style of painting has the candid, exploratory energy of great jazz. Ellis often records his painting process through time-lapse photography, a process that he calls motion painting. He will be presenting his most recent motion painting, “Animal,” commissioned by Landmarks, in Austin, Texas, in the project room at New Image. Ellis has exhibited at has exhibited at many of the top museums and galleries in the country including the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, PS1, and the MOMA, New York. Mola Salsa opens February 5th, with a reception at the gallery from 7 to 10PM.
From the press release: “Reflecting on images from his childhood in rural North Carolina, David draws animals, trees, clouds and images dear to him. For this exhibition Ellis engages the idea of the animal spirit to depict his ideas of transformation. Ellis also makes imagery derived from plumes of smoke and steam originally inspired by witnessing an active volcano. These linear works he calls “flow” also describes rivers, both above and below the surface. This language embodies his belief that no condition is permanent… In his explorations of movement, change, and rhythm David Ellis effectively combines his talent for visual representation. By utilizing various elements of music making-collaboration, improvisation, timing, and repetition- Ellis enlivens his creative process and thus his viewer’s experience through intricate experimental videos and complicated kinetic sound sculptures.”
Mola Salsa David Ellis
February 5th – March 12th
New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood CA 90046
P 323 654 2192
Images courtesy of New Image Art and Arrested Motion.