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CLAMPART: Stan Gaz: Ensnared
Scott Daniel Ellison: Ghost Dance
- 17 May 2012 to 23 June 2012

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17 May 2012 to 23 June 2012

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Stan Gaz: Ensnared
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Artists in this exhibition: Stan Gaz, Scott Daniel Ellison


Stan Gaz: Ensnared
May 17 - June 23, 2012

Opening reception:
Thursday, May 17, 2012
6.00 - 8.00 p.m

ClampArt is pleased to present “Ensnared” – - an exhibition of painted photographs, video, and sculpture by artist, Stan Gaz. In his second solo show at the gallery, Gaz departs from the large-scale landscape photographs of meteorite impact craters from his last series, and turns inward – - producing objects that allude to specific events in his own life. “Ensnared” considers themes of loss, transformation, and memory. Throughout these images, ensnarement is allegorized by the actions and effects of the archetypes of the hunter and the hunted. Gaz finds these roles to be oddly interchangeable, caught in a cycle in which each is incarcerated by the other – - trapped by longing, manipulation, and other forms of daily violence.

Divided into three suites or chapters, “Ensnared” includes painted photographs of vintage butterfly specimens, images taken during winter hunting expeditions in the Western United States, and haunting prints of an astronaut armed with a butterfly net out to catch fleeting samples of a vanishing world. The exhibition also includes video footage of the astronaut in Central Park, along with a massive, twenty-foot, stainless steel sculpture representing his net.

Stan Gaz is a native of the desert and a graduate of Art Center in California. His work has been extensively exhibited in the United States for over a decade. He resides in Brooklyn, New York


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Scott Daniel Ellison: Ghost Dance
May 17 - June 23, 2012

Opening reception:
Thursday, May 17, 2012
6.00 - 8.00 p.m.

ClampArt is pleased to announce “Ghost Dance,” Scott Daniel Ellison’s third solo exhibition at the gallery.

Inspired by Scandinavian folklore, contemporary horror films, and early goth/heavy metal imagery (such as album covers, photographs, and ephemera), Ellison paints heavily layered panels which ultimately function as much as sculptural objects as simple images.

The artist was raised in a suburban development in upstate New York that was surrounded by cornfields, woodlands, and meadows. Ellison writes: “I remember running through a pine forest at night when I was about ten imagining I was being chased by creatures in the dark that I couldn’t see, just to scare myself.” His paintings thus reflect his fascination with darkness, mystery, and the anxiety of a story only half told. Ellison wants us to stop and ask questions: “What am I doing in this place?” “Am I in trouble here?” “Is that a friend or foe?” He explains that his attraction to that which might inspire fear or awe was perhaps a way for him to cope with feelings of true terror in real life.

Ellison first learned to paint by looking at such “outsider” artists as Bill Traylor, Henry Darger, and Henri Rousseau. “I always tend to enjoy the rougher stuff,” he says. “I’m a huge admirer of Mamma Andersson and Philip Guston’s later work.” The surface of Ellison’s pieces are irregular and lumpy, intentionally built up by the artist over time.

And in that vein, Ellison also releases music on his own record label. With song titles such as “Strange Weather” and “Wilderness,” the complexity that results from the meeting of his visual and musical output enhances both.

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