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Ellen Kozak
updated: 12/21/2009
website: www.ellenkozak.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
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Vein-in-the-trail
Bead Stream
From a High Place
Flecked Cove
Pavane
Tree of Names and A River (title page)
Tree of Names and A River (page 1)
Tree of Names and A River (page 2)
Tree of Names and A River (page 3)
Tree of Names and A River (page 4)
Edge
Crepuscular Vespertine
Early One Morning
Meter
Vessel
 
Portfolio Keywords:  text, abstract, books, collaborative, gestural, landscape, nature
 
 
Vein-in-the-trail by Ellen Kozak
Vein-in-the-trail
pigmented paper pulp (cotten and abaca)
2005
11" x  12" 
Bead Stream by Ellen Kozak
Bead Stream
Pigmented paper pulp (cotten and abaca)
2005
11" x  12" 
From a High Place by Ellen Kozak
From a High Place
Pigmented paper pulp (cotten and abaca)
2005
11" x  12" 
Flecked Cove by Ellen Kozak
Flecked Cove
Pigmented paper pulp (cotten and abaca)
2005
11" x  12" 
Pavane by Ellen Kozak
Pavane
Pigmented paper pulp (cotten and abaca)
2005
11" x  12" 
Tree of Names and A River (title page) by Ellen Kozak
Tree of Names and A River (title page)
watermarked paper pulp (cotten and abaca)
2005
11" x  12" 
Tree of Names and A River (page 1) by Ellen Kozak
Tree of Names and A River (page 1)
watermarked paper pulp (cotten and abaca)
2005
11" x  12" 
Tree of Names and A River (page 2) by Ellen Kozak
Tree of Names and A River (page 2)
watermarked paper pulp (cotten and abaca)
2005
11" x  12" 
Tree of Names and A River (page 3) by Ellen Kozak
Tree of Names and A River (page 3)
watermarked paper pulp (cotten and abaca)
2005
11" x  12" 
Tree of Names and A River (page 4) by Ellen Kozak
Tree of Names and A River (page 4)
watermarked paper pulp (cotten and abaca)
2005
11" x  12" 
Edge by Ellen Kozak
Edge
oil on panel
2008
17 " x  20 " 
Crepuscular Vespertine by Ellen Kozak
Crepuscular Vespertine
oil on panel
2009
24 " x  28 " 
Early One Morning by Ellen Kozak
Early One Morning
oil on panel
2008
20 " x  17 " 
Meter by Ellen Kozak
Meter
oil on panel
2008-09
17 " x  20 " 
Vessel by Ellen Kozak
Vessel
oil on panel
2008-09
17 " x  20 " 

Artist Statement

Created in pigmented paper pulp, this series is inspired from observations of a body of water, the Hudson River. I am developing this series at Dieu Donné Papermill’s studio in New York City where I work from color studies and paintings that I bring with me into the papermill. These color studies and paintings are made on-site on the bank of the Hudson River in upstate New York.


My most recent paintings in this Drawing Center portfolio combine a tradition of plein air study with studio work. The newest work, Crepusculum Vespertine, was executed entirely in my studio.  Painted from a three-minute digital recording video sketch, I exaggerates color and reflection to create a shadowy, evocative composition.  

Notations on a River, my first video work in twenty-four years, signals a return to my artistic roots.  I studied at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, where my graduate thesis was a four channel video installation created, in part, by using one of the original Paik/Abe video synthesizers.  Notations on a River is a compilation of digital sketches I have taken of the Hudson over the past two years.  "One image slowly dissolves into another in a hypnotic, rhythmic progression.  Similar to her paintings, the images are close up views of the water’s surface; they are abstract, fluid, and have a formal beauty that is difficult to categorize.  In two sequences, the early morning light transforms the river’s surface into a textured blanket of gray tonalities, while a third segment is as aquamarine as the Caribbean Sea.  Here the images focus on a single reflected vertical line (a tree? telephone pole? sailboat mast?) as its shape morphs and moves with the wind and tide."  Ellen J. Keiter, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Katonah Museum of Art

Artist Bio / CV

Education:
1974 - 1977 Mass. College of Art, Boston, MA(B.F.A.)
1977 - 1979 MIT, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Cambridge, MA (M.S.Vis.S.)

Solo Exhibits:
2009 - The Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

2005 -Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto,CA
2004 -Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery,NYC
2002 -Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo,NY
2001 -Hudson River Museum, Yonkers
-Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC
1996 -Elizabeth Harris Gallery,NYC
1994 -Carolyn J. Roy Gallery,NYC
1992 -55 Mercer Gallery,NYC
1986 -Van Buren, Brazelton, Cuttin, Cambridge, MA
1985 -Gallery Amelia, Tokyo, Japan
-Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Art, Japan
1983 -Osaka Contemporary Art Center, Japan

Selected Group Exhibits:
2007 -Multiples, Silent Space Gallery, Kingston ,NY
2004 -Luminous Landscape: Edges of Objectivity, Poughkeepsie Art Museum,
2003 -Abstraction + 4, Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, NYC
- Art a Century Apart: 1903 and 2003, Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson
2002 -Reversal: Relief Igtaglio, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers U., New Brunswick
2001 -Art Resources Transfer Inc., NYC
1998 -Absolut, David McKee Gallery, NYC
1996 -Gallery Artists, Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NYC
1992 -Land, Trenkman Gallery,NYC
-Painters of the Depicted Unknown, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
1991 -PressWork: The Art of Women Printmakers, Nat’l Museum of Women in the Arts, DC
1989 -Lines of Vision, Blum Helman, NYC
1987 -Figurative Prints, Assoc. American Artists, NYC
1985 -A Summer Selection, Castelli Uptown, NYC
1983 -1983 National, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Art, Japan
1981 -Centervideo, Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany & Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Fellowships and Grants:
2004 -George Sugarman Found. Artists’ Grant
2004,2000 -Pratt Inst., Faculty Development Grant
1996 -NY Found. for the Arts, Artists' New Works
1990,1986 -Yaddo Colony, Residency
1988 -Blue Mtn. Center, Residency
1983 -Japan Victor Corp., Tokyo, Artists' Grant
1979 -Sloan Found., Grant

Appointments and Activities:
1993 - present Assoc. Prof. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY