Janiva Ellis

Crawling out from the earth’s core in the alternative ecosystem of Cabin Pressure at BBQLA, Jul 22 – Aug 12

20 July 2017

The Cabin Pressure group exhibition is on at Los Angeles’ BBQLA, opening July 22 and running to August 12.

Curated by Quinn Harrelson, the show includes work by Janiva Ellis, manuel arturo abreuCarlos Reyes, Ser Castro Serpas, Bea Fremderman  and Purvis Young. 

The exhibition asks the questions, “To what extent does a group of works construct an environment? an ecosystem? To what extent are they truncated into mechanisms of the jungle? into a single human body?” Beyond that the press release there’s little information on the nature of the works to be presented, instead depicting a post-apocalyptic narrative with a different spin, where something else “crawls out from the earth’s core,” offering an alternative to doom.

Visit the BBQLA website for details.**


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“Laughter in the dark, or an underwater scream.” Spiralling sensations in Janiva Ellis’ Lick Shot at 47 Canal

13 July 2017
Janiva Ellis is presenting solo exhibition Lick Shot at New York’s 47 Canal, running June 30 to August 4.

Janiva Ellis, Lick Shot (2017) Exhibition view. Photo by Joerg Lohse. Courtesy the artist + 47 Canal, New York.
The new series of paintings by the Los Angeles-based artist moves between cartoon moments of absurdity and realistic portraiture. The press release, written by writer and curator Kevin McGarry and Ellis, describe the work as “a series of glimpses into the divine comedy of existing in a world where pain is met with doubt; into dynamics that are blatant and never-ending, yet consistently denied their truth.”
Spiralling events create a sense of playfulness, while at the same time a decaying moment of collision and falling run throughout, “like a shot fired from a dream, laughter in the dark, or an underwater scream.”**
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