St. Paul-based painter Carly Ellefsen wants us all to slow down a little bit. “In the same way that successful advertising uses design to affirm and persuade their content and visually persuade an audience to spend money,” she says, “I am attempting to visually persuade an audience to spend time.” And if you’re spending serious time with good art, you might as well get your hair did at the same time, right?
Ellefsen will be exhibiting a series of oil paintings and mixed media works at The Hive in Northeast Minneapolis. Her abstract paintings zoom in on organic, floral shapes with thick daubs of paint and a bright, energetic color palette.
Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources, Ellefsen’s paintings call to mind everything from the loose geometry of mid-20th century expressionist Paul Klee to the tight, repetitive hatch-marks popular in contemporary illustration. Ranging in size from five feet down to five inches, her paintings are intuitive exercises in painterly brushwork, repetitive markmaking, and striking colors. “It is interesting how the size effects the outcome and the experience of the viewer,” she says. “The smaller the work, the much more intimate [it is].”
Ellefsen recently relocated to the Twin Cities from Decorah, Iowa, where she has shown work at both her alma mater, Luther College, and Art Haus. She has shown locally in the Twin Cities with Salon Ori, Altered Esthetics, and Good Arts Collective. She is also a designer at Design Center, Inc. in St. Paul.
June 24th, 6-9pm.
Pieces are available to purchase during the showing, set to conclude in August.