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Elana Herzog
updated: 05/28/2009
website: www.elanaherzog.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Big Box Boone
Big Box Boone, detail
Big Box Boone, detail
Big Box Boone, detail
Plaid, installation view
Plaid, partial view
Plaid, partial view
Plaid, detail
Untitled 2008
Untitled 2008, detail
W(e)ave collaboration with sound artist Michael Schumacher
W(e)ave , Partial view at the Aldrich Museum
W(e)ave, detail
Untitled 2007, from W(e)ave
Wallscape, partial view
 
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Big Box Boone by Elana Herzog
Big Box Boone
pencil,drywall, paint, screws, Tyvek, plaster, petroleum jelly, fabric, staples
2008
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Big Box Boone, detail by Elana Herzog
Big Box Boone, detail
mixed
2008
Dimensions variable
Big Box Boone, detail by Elana Herzog
Big Box Boone, detail
mixed
2008
Dimensions variable
Big Box Boone, detail by Elana Herzog
Big Box Boone, detail
mixed
2008
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Plaid, installation view by Elana Herzog
Plaid, installation view
drywall, fabric, metal staples, wood, paint
2007
Dimensions variable
Plaid, partial view by Elana Herzog
Plaid, partial view
mixed
2007
Dimensions variable
Plaid, partial view by Elana Herzog
Plaid, partial view
mixed
2007
Dimensions variable
Plaid, detail by Elana Herzog
Plaid, detail
fabric, metal staples in drywall panel
2007
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Untitled 2008 by Elana Herzog
Untitled 2008
synthetic fabric ladies jacket, staples in drywall panel
2008
32"" x  35""  x 3"" 
Untitled 2008, detail by Elana Herzog
Untitled 2008, detail
fabric, staples in drywall panel
2008
Dimensions variable
W(e)ave collaboration with sound artist Michael Schumacher by Elana Herzog
W(e)ave collaboration with sound artist Michael Schumacher
Heirloom Chenille bedspreads, staples in drywall panels and newly constructed walls
2007
Dimensions variable
W(e)ave , Partial view at the Aldrich Museum by Elana Herzog
W(e)ave , Partial view at the Aldrich Museum
mixed
2007
Dimensions variable
W(e)ave, detail by Elana Herzog
W(e)ave, detail
mixed
2007
Dimensions variable
Untitled 2007, from W(e)ave by Elana Herzog
Untitled 2007, from W(e)ave
Heirloom Chenille Bedspreads, metal staples in drywall panels
2007
106"" x  125""  x 8"" 
Wallscape, partial view by Elana Herzog
Wallscape, partial view
drywall constructions, fabric, staples
2006
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
For some years I’ve been making work in which I staple found textiles—to the walls using thousands of metal staples. Parts of the fabric and the staples are then removed and sometimes reapplied, leaving a residue of shredded fabric and perforated wall surface in some areas, and densely stapled and built-up areas elsewhere. In these “drawings” staples act as mark and material, penetrating, distressing, and ornamenting the skin of the wall. The progressively dematerialized image, articulated by metal staples and fabric residue, seems to be simultaneously emerging from and disappearing into the wall. The stapled “drawing” mimics the patterns and weave of the fabric, and a kind of binary language emerges—staple being analogous to stitch. As an act of making, the work takes place within the larger continuum of human technology. It is process-based in the sense that it is a product of action and reaction—an act that generates form that generates another act, and so on. Large bedspreads reference the monolithic rectangles of abstract painting as well as bed and body, and I find myself riffing off of artists like Frank Stella, Sol Lewitt, and Mark Rothko. A series of pieces made with Persian-type carpets speaks to my frustration with current geopolitical crisis as well as to issues of value and display, collection and loss. Recently I’ve become interested in altering the spaces in which I work as well as their surfaces. I’ve been designing and building new walls on which to mount my panels.  My latest project at the Catherine Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University in North Carolina was commissioned as part of a regional symposium addressing the crisis in manufacturing in the state, particularly in the textile and furniture industries whose histories are closely related. Through this I’ve become extremely interested in the history of labor, capital, industrialization and technology, as characterized by development and change in the textile industry

Artist Bio / CV
SOLO EXHIBITIONS2009 Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri2008 Catherine J. Smith Gallery, Appalachian State, Boone, North Carolina2007 W(e)ave , Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut         Plaid, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York 2005 Civilization and its Discontents, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Ithaca, New York 2002 Negative Capability, Diverse Works, Houston, TexasGROUP EXHIBITIONS2008  Perverted by Theatre, Apex Art, New York2007 Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting, Museum of Art and Design, New York, 2005 Surface Charge, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Virginia,          In Practice, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York 2004 Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland         Open House, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York 2001 Urban Nature, Goteborgs Konsthall, Gothenberg, SwedenAWARDS2008       Workspace Program, Dieu Donne Paper Mill, New York City                Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Workspace Residency2007       Louis Comfort Tiffany Award                Individual Artists Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts2003       Lambent Fellowship in the Arts of the Tides Foundation1999       Joan Mitchell Foundation GrantPUBLICATIONSRomantic Dadas, poems by Jerome Rothenberg, Romantic Subtractions, art  by Elana Herzog,                                      Collectif Generation, Spring 2009Elana Herzog on Plaid, NYFA Current, November 2007BIBLIOGRAPHYPrincenthal, Nancy, Elana Herzog and Michael Schumacher at the Aldrich Museum, Art in                                               America, February 2008Maine, Stephen, Two Artists With Time on Their Side, New York Sun, October 25, 2007Schmerler, Modern Brooklyn, Village Voice, October 9, 2007Harris, Jane, “Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting”, Time Out New York, Feb 22-28 2007Pollack, Barbara, “Wry Material” Time Out New York, issue No.436, February 6 – 13th, 2004Cotter, Holland,  “Sampling Brooklyn,” The New York Times, Friday January 23, 2004Schmerler, Sarah, “FIT”, Time Out New York, issue No. 352 , June 27-July 4, 2002