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Here Comes The Sun, Lori Ellison and Shari Mendelson

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2008-04-04

Sometimes, through serendipitous chance or dumb luck, unlikely combinations create a delicious mix that brings out the unique qualities of the constituents, like peanut butter and jelly, Rock-and-Roll Opera or pineapple on pizza, well…. “Here Comes The Sun” presents the work of two longtime Williamsburg artists, who, though working in different media, flatter and enhance each other like a solemn chorus of call and response. Shari Mendelson works with small unites of clear transparent plastic. These are cut and fitted together into blankets of networks that relate to atomic bonds or the matrix of cellular structures. Some free-hanging pieces explore the interplay of light and color through layers of tinted material, and reward a sweeping movement from viewers by exposing changing harmonies with changing perspectives. Though known for her obsessively patterned drawings and small painting on panel, these new works by Lori Ellison portend an expanded scale that brings about visual glitches less apparent in her small work. A series of the largest pictures in the show (about 36 x 24 inches) are composed of Ellison’s signature obsessive marks, these marks unexpectedly shift to become subtly smaller or larger, making these apparently flat fields seem to warp and bend as if Einstein’s theories of the space time continuum are being playing out in 2 D right before our eyes.

—James Kalm
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