Hammer Projects: Janiva Ellis
The first exhibition in Los Angeles by New York–based artist Janiva Ellis (b. 1987, Oakland) centers on a single painting that responds to the architecture of the Hammer Museum’s vault gallery. The painting warps the proportions of the space and offers a contemporary perspective on the representation of landscape in art history. Ellis’s work is often characterized by an interest in world-making, wherein the surfaces of paintings become a means of compositional and technical experimentation, transforming the architectural environments of which they are a part. The vault gallery offers a unique context for Ellis’s painterly approach, which employs linear frenzy and aspires toward immersion on a scale that is as intimate as it is enveloping.
Hammer Projects: Janiva Ellis is organized by Aram Moshayedi, Robert Soros Senior Curator, with Nicholas Barlow, curatorial assistant.