Scratchy Space Elizabeth Ferrill – April 2012

COOP is proud to present a show of recent works by Elizabeth Ferrill. This exhibition will comprise printed, painted and sculptural works of surprising surface and material combinations. These works examine the duality of public and private spaces that make up our urban landscape through a playful collision of urban development geometries and fetishized surfaces.

Many of these works were inspired by the Midwest where ice cream parlors, churches, car dealerships, parking lots, strip malls, and eateries are at their finest. The works act as storyboards or pop-up books to tell the story of the experience of everyday life. The subjects in the work are all familiar but under-examined peripheries of the American vista.

Says Ferrill,

These pieces are a simplification of the complex and paradoxical atmosphere of the public world. I make scenarios that are cropped, pared-down perspectives of my surroundings. I tweak what I see until it becomes a conglomeration of snippets of my visual experience as I walk down the street. I explore these subjects with a sincere quest for beauty while at the same time enjoying their absurdity, awkwardness and potential for a quiet desirability.

This will be Elizabeth Ferrill’s first exhibition in Nashville. The artist will be on hand for the opening reception on April 7th, socome on down to the arcade to enjoy this fine show.

More about Elizabeth Ferrill

A native of Seattle, WA, Elizabeth received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. She received her MFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Elizabeth has had solo exhibitions at the Armory Gallery at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, at the Gideon Gartner Gallery at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO and at 5x6x9 Gallery in Berlin, Germany.

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