The driving force behind her concept and installation stems from the impermanence of matter and object, matching with the ephemeral and everlasting energy that resides within each being or object. She is fascinated with the memory of objects and places and trying to extract the meaningful core away from the material. She creates work by utilizing the space within and around the subject as an immersive frame, heightening the viewer’s awareness of the mind-body experience as a whole. ”There is something happening in the very atoms and molecules around us and my work is meant to expand upon the idea that as souls we are more than the matter that disappears, dissolves or decays.”
The inspiration for this installation came from her experience with the architecture in France. Seen from so many angles, over and over again during her residency, Gellis became transfixed by old chateaus and churches she encountered. She imagined the hundreds of years the buildings lived and interacted with people, providing thousands of perceived images to those who used them or just passed by them over the years. As the structure decays and changes, perceptions are invented and re-invented—in one structure’s lifespan there are thousands of ways for it to be seen. Gellis embodies this timeless notion of life and death in these meaningful places.
An opening reception for Yvette Gellis' 1,000 Ways to See It will take place at Garboushian Gallery on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The exhibition will remain on view until October 17, 2014
ABOUT YVETTE GELLIS:
Gellis received her M.F.A. in 2008 from Claremont Graduate University. Recent Solo exhibitions include CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, France, Paint House in Tainan, Taiwan, The East / Gate Museum and The Licence Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan, The Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, Conflux City festival in New York City, The Brunnhofer Galerie in Austria, and The Kim Light/LIGHTBOX Gallery.
Selected group shows include “Pretty Vacant,”Westwood, LA , Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Torrance Art Museum, The Cerritos College Art Gallery, LA, Toomey-Tourell, San Francisco, MBA Museum of Biblical Art Dallas, Texas. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Villenaux-La-Grande, France, Vienna and Linz, Austria.
American artist Yvette Gellis lives and works in Los Angeles, California and is represented by Garboushian Gallery.