ABSTRACT BEAUTY: JEFF ELROD’S ‘RABBIT EARS’ AT LUHRING AUGUSTINE, NYC
Currently on view at the venerable NYC institution, Luhring Augustine Jeff Elrod‘s “Rabbit Ears” is a must-see collection of some of the artist’s most beautiful abstracts to date. Elrod’s practice as a painter is rooted in the tradition of American twentieth-century abstract painting and is simultaneously informed by the aesthetics of the digital environment he works in; the compressed space in his paintings articulates the moment when analogue meets digital. Using Illustrator & Photoshop he draws and reworks imagery that he then renders on canvas by hand, using a projector and tape. He paints over the taped out lines using any one of a variety of techniques, including spraying and digital printing; once he arrives at a point that satisfies him, he removes the tape to reveal his line drawing. In a recent evolution in his work, Elrod uses ink jet printing on canvas, with little or no manual intervention. It’s a process that elevates digital art to a new level without sacrificing any of the organic quality of abstraction.
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