Join Ellen Salk, Christopher Adler and art critic Sally Yard for a Panel Discussion about the exhibition,SYNESTHESIA: MANIFESTATIONS OF ENERGY, PAINTINGS BY ELLEN SALK AND SOUND BY CHRISTOPHER ADLER, on Saturday, April 13 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The talk is free with museum admission and complimentary for OMA members.
Working in a ritualistic process that involves layers of calligraphic marks and geometric grids, Ellen Salk’s large scale paintings are full of dynamic juxtapositions. The contrasts of light and dark, organic and geometric, thin versus thick lines, and warm against cool colors create a powerful sense of depth and mystery. Drawing inspiration from numerous artists, Salk cites the elegant and simplified line quality of Japanese painter and print-maker Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) as having a direct influence on her lyrical system of mark making. Salk’s work is also informed by the minimalistic paintings of Agnes Martin, the wall drawings of Sol Lewitt and the gestural intuitive mark making of the Abstract Expressionists.