New Work in Tar by Ellyn Weiss
Opening Reception Thursday, September 17, 6-9 pm.
Nevin Kelly Gallery
1400 Irving Street, NW, #132
Washington, DC 20010
"Weiss has discovered that tar is not the dull and uniformly black substance it first appears to be. It contains a range of subtle hues—rich browns, subtle grays and warm amber tones. She uses these colors to coax images from the tar. The images are not planned in advance, but reveal themselves as she works.They have an eerily organic quality to them, appearing to the artist like living things “swimming up from the primeval darkness.” They register with us at the most basic level of all, as if triggering a memory we carry in our DNA of the moment life began."