Curated by Noé Jimenez
The works exhibited in Relief are paintings "built from scratch". Each painting's deliberate construction emphasizes the preliminary, support, and building processes as crucial elements in the final product. Hong Hong's natural paintings are formed and manipulated by the outdoor environment, building substance through nature's materiality.
The cyclical phenomena of nature--churning and dying the paper pulp--directly reflects the impermanence of the work's process and result. Katie Lane and Noé Jimenez coat and envelope ready made or constructed forms, their painting's building process guided by architectural, environmental, and cultural influences. The layers of Lane and Jimenez's work are concentrated impressions of the elements that form the traditionally "completed" painting. Cristina Umaña Durán applies her love of drawing onto installation and textile work as a method of bringing flatness into the three dimensional through site-specific, printed fabric sculptures.
By redefining the structure of the painting's physical support, each artist establishes an individualized context. Existing as a combination of image and form, sculpture and painting, these works represent both artistic and literal Relief.
An unjuried exhibition in collaboration with Nasty Women Connecticut
This year, Ely Center of Contemporary Art is collaborating with Nasty Women Connecticut for the group exhibition Silence Breakers. We invite artists working across disciplines, to create artwork that addresses issues of abuse, consent, and identity as well as themes of domesticity and home. The show will look at the often-blurred line between security and insecurity in the home, providing room to explore ideas around gender, equity, sexuality, individuality and domestic life.
Each year during Women’s History Month, the Ely Center of Contemporary Art (ECOCA) showcases In Grace We Trust, an annual exhibition that commemorates the philanthropic work of Grace Taylor Ely. During her lifetime, Grace transformed her home at 51 Trumbull Street into a space for local watercolorists and ceramicists to gather and show their work. Since her passing, the Ely Estate and Friends of John Slade Ely House of Contemporary Art have carried on this tradition, stewarding the building as a nurturing pillar of New Haven’s artist communities. In Grace We Trust addresses ideas of tradition and change — a nod to the past as we confront current societal challenges, and rise together to create our future narratives.
Throughout the month of March, the Ely Center will host a series of programs related to this year’s theme, including a panel discussion moderated by Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, performances, film screenings, nights, workshops, and artists talks.
About In Grace We Trust
The John Slade Ely House is an English Elizabethan style house built in 1905 by S. G. Taylor. It was home to John Slade Ely (1860–1906) and Grace Taylor Ely, who came to New Haven in 1897. From 1897 up until his tragic death in 1906, he held the Theory and Practice of Medicine chair at Yale School of Medicine. Grace, an active community member and supporter of the arts, left the house in Trust as a public art center after her death in 1960. The first exhibition opened in April 1961 with works from New Haven Paint & Clay Club.
Founded in 1961, the John Slade Ely House is New Haven's first major arts center curating and hosting many regional arts organizations.
Wednesday and Thursday, 5 – 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 1 – 4 pm
Public Reception: Thursday, March 8, 5 – 8 pm
Public Closing Reception: Thursday, April 5, 5 – 8 pm
Don't miss Laelaps, Lili Chin’s video work inspired by the Greek mythological dog that was placed amongst the stars as the constellation Canis Major. The video diptych will be most luminous once night falls and will continue until daybreak. Her commissioned video project is a partnership between the Ely Center and Yale-China Association in celebration of Lunarfest18.
21 Paintings in 21 Days
Renowned New Haven artist and ECA alumni Katro Storm will present 21 Paintings in 21 Days, an evolving painting installation that will allow viewers to experience his unique painting style in process. Storm will be working with ACES Aspire middle school students to create a mural that will correspond to his paintings.
Sunday, January 21, 2018, from 2–4 pm
Artist talks and a panel discussion
Sunday, February 18 from 1–4 pm
Material elements shift, repeat and transform in this exhibition by New York based artist Lili Chin. The works in this show venture into transitional states to reveal layered and textured surfaces through drawing, video and abstraction. Glacial erratics and the ocean allude to time and metamorphosis, blending permanence with temporality to express nature in a constant flux of stasis and change.
In addition, Chin will project a night time 2-channel video work titled Laelaps, inspired by the Greek mythological dog that was placed amongst the stars as the constellation Canis Major. The video diptych will be most luminous once night falls and will continue until daybreak. Her commissioned video project is a partnership between Ely Center and Yale-China Association in celebration of Lunarfest18 on February 17. Join the artist for hot tea and rice wine February 17, 4:30 – 5:30 pm for its premiere. The video will be screening until February 25.
An Anthropogenic World ll
An Anthropogenic World ll, featuring works by Meg Bloom, Robert Datum, Susan McCaslin and Joseph Saccio, will explore human interaction with the environment. This show, originally created by Art Space Management students at Albertus Magnus College, has been expanded and reconfigured for this exhibition. The show, curated by recent Albertus College Arts Management graduate, Emily Whalen, was inspired by her paintings of the Dakota Access Pipeline and its impact on pollution.
A special lounge of holiday music—complete with framed vintage Christmas albums, an old school record player playing Christmas music, and comfortable lounge seats to help you relax and listen to your favorite melodies.
Some of the popular artists featured are Stevie Wonder, the Beatles, the Carpenters, as well as music from around the world like Jamaica, Italy, New Haven, and children’s music such as Alvin and the Chipmunks, Mickey Mouse, and Captain Kangaroo.
This is a special project of Sam Goldenberg who put this wonderful exhibit together!
In 1961, the New Haven Paint & Clay Club found a home for its exhibitions at the John Slade Ely House Galleries, where it now sponsors two exhibitions yearly.
In 1900 a group of Connecticut artists met and formed NHPCC, now one of New England’s oldest, and still active, arts organizations. New Haven was chosen primarily because of the Yale School of the Fine Arts, where many of the artists had studied. Many of the important American artists of the 1900s were represented in the Club’s early exhibitions.
Public Reception: Sunday, December 3, 1 – 3 pm
ECOCA is proud to introduce its first A.I.R. workspace program which reinforces our mission to reaffirm Grace Ely’s testamentary wishes for an art center where artists, arts organizations and the public assemble, exchange, learn, and engage through exhibitions, performances, and emerging contemporary practice.
Artists and collectives each occupy a room in the John Slade Ely House Galleries, a 1905 English Elizabethan style house, to produce work that includes film, painting, illustration, video and social practice. Special programming will be announced throughout the month—studio visits, workshops, panels, conversations, screenings, and other pubic events—all driven by the artists-in-residence.
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Open studios in conjunction with Artspace CWOS takes place Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 from 12–6 pm. Come meet the artists!
Natalie Abrams, Wahida Azhari, Cat Balco, Steven Baris, Gaston Bertin, Louise Blyton, Arleta Cehic, Marc Cheetham, Seumas r. Coutts, Jeanne Criscola, Andy Cunningham, Kevin Daly, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Kevin Finklea, Andre Geertse, Connie Goldman, Cyndy Goldman, Kathy Goodell, Elizabeth Gourlay, Bob Gregson, Joel Holub, Blinn Jacobs, Erdem Kucuk-Koroglu, Janet Lage, Karleen Loughran, Niki Lederer, Katherine Mojzsis, Munira Naqui, Roland Orepuk, Karen Ostrum, Michael Perbach, Sue Post, Beverly Rautenberg, Cynthia Beth Rubin, George Schade, Karen Schifano, Martin Scholte, Suzan Shutan, Ayad Sinawi, Andrew Small, Taro Suzuki, Aimee Terburg, Jill Vasileff, Jonathan Waters, and Tamar Zinn.
Alteronce Gumby, Annie C. Thornton, Artcodex, Aude Jomini, Azzah Sultan, Bean Gilsdorf, Brian Edlefson, Buildface, Carol Diehl, Caitlin Cherry, Chico Aragao, Cey Adams, Chen Reichert, Chris Crawford, Christine Tinsley, Consuelo J. Underwood, Sr. Corita Kent, Daniel Eugene, Danna Singer, Daze, Destiny Palmer, Dooley-o, Eli Wright, Erika Ranee, Esperanza Mayobre, Gabriella Svenningsen, Helen Zughaib, Icebucket, Insook Hwang, James Esber, Jane Fine, Jay Critchley, Jeff Mueller/Dexterity Press, Jesse Albrecht, Jim Martin, John T Hill, Jody Williams, Karin Schaefer, Laura Genes, Laura Marsh, Laurel Porcari, Leslie Carmin, Lex Brown, Lisa Kereszi, Marion Belanger, Marc Morrel, Mark Olshansky, Mark Williams, Martha Lewis, Mauricio Cortes Ortega, Merritt Johnson, Michael Nÿkamp, Michael St John, Moussa Gueye, Natalie Ball, Natalie Baxter, New Haven Museum, Noe Jimenez, Paolo Arao, Phil Lique, Philip Knoll, Price Harrison, Rashmi, Robert D’alessandro, Robert Longo, Ruben Marroquin, Sket One, Stanley Forman, Stanwyck Cromwell, Sue Muskat, Susan Clinard, Stephen Shore, Sven Martson, Terrance Weinzierl, Tizzie Mills, Tom Strong, Vic De La Rosa, Walker Evans, Wayne Koestenbaum, Zeph Farmby and Zim-one.
From haute couture to picnicware, the American Flag one of the most recognizable and ubiquitous branding symbols world wide. In the spirit of artist's multiples "shops" like Barbara Kulicki and Marian Goodman's "Betsy Ross Flag and Banner Company" 1961 and Dread Scott and Kyle Goen's United We Stand Stand, "Flag Swag" will include an array of affordable limited edition multiples by artists: stickers, flair, zines to flags and fashion accessories, t-shirts and much more.
A companion concept project to BROAD STRIPES and BRIGHT STARS, FLAG SWAG invites artists and designers to offer special edition multiples for sale at the Ely Center of Contemporary Art in a pop-up store on site and online.