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Ellen Wiener

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Between Red & Green

New work includes the book Between Red & Green with bespoke poem by Whiting award winning poet LB Thompson. The edition is signed and limited to 20 copies. Dimensions closed are 14 x 7 x 1″ — when fully open the book measures 14 x 112″.

Clerk and Carpet

Clerk and Carpet is an edition of only 6 copies published in September 2015. It was bound as an Islamic style envelope cover by Judith Ivry using red, rust and gold-shot silk. The painting was proofed and printed on Asuka paper by Rob Reiter at The LightRoom. Folded dimensions are a pocket sized 5.75 x 4 x 1″. The book measures 5.75 x 110″ when completely extended.

Other recent works include a 17-foot drawing entitled Longhand Forest and a 126-inch long accordion painting Boreal – both featuring parallel texts. The pairings reveal narrative affinities between artist and poet while considering the forest landscape as a mythic setting for transformative tales.

Ellen Wiener: Stack, Four Manillas

Correspondence and communication are closely related in her Envelope and Alphabet series –- both, in their own ways, serve as language carriers and containers.
 

Ellen Wiener: Stack, Four Manillas

Red Thread and the panoramic Ochre Scriptory focus on systems of self-orientation. Tools, clocks, writing instruments and multilingual quotations are merged- linking varieties of intellectual reading space to sequential visual counterpoints.

Ellen Wiener: Red Thread, Ochre Scriptory

Reflection, represented in a series of optical instruments, distinguishes imagery in The Book of Hours paintings. The function of reading is seen as an operative lens- illuminating the privacy of inner thought while extending it into the public realm of shared language.

James Mustich, Jr., Editor- in- Chief of Book Reviews online at Barnes & Noble notes in his book length essay on Wiener’s work
The Still Small Hours;

…she has concentrated her compact works with such careful calibration that they open over time, revealing themselves quietly to an audience of one, in fact, the paintings are best seen exhibited not on a wall but propped on a table, so one can sit and peer into the network of allusions they connect, as one might concentrate on – and enter into – a book.

Ellen Wiener - Burning Glass, Gem Urn and Telescope


Recent exhibitions include work at The National Academy, Lori Bookstein Gallery, PS1-MOMA, and Central Booking Gallery.

She has taught at the university level since 1985 and spoken by invitation on her work at:

American Antiquarian Society
American University
Brooklyn College
Central Booking Gallery
Central College
CW Post LIU
Dartmouth College
Haverford College
Heckscher Museum
Islip Museum
International Medieval Congress
Louisiana State University
Maryland Art Institute
Parrish Museum
Princeton Theological Society
Princeton University
Queens College CUNY
Sarah Lawrence College Writers Institute
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Stony Brook SUNY
Swarthmore College
Sweet Briar College
University New Mexico
Washington University
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

 


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