Ellen Gallagher

11 November 2022 to 16 April 2023

At the Gropius Bau, the internationally acclaimed artist Ellen Gallagher presents a series of investigations that are intertwined with her painting practice through visual, linguistic and methodological associations. The solo show spans two decades and includes paintings, works on paper as well as immersive film installations developed together with the artist Edgar Cleijne. Their piece Osedax (2010), which combines slide projection and animated film inspired by the phenomenon of whale fall, serves as a central work of the exhibition.

A glass slide painted with blue and red paint

Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Osedax, 2010 © the artists

© Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher, Courtesy: the artists

Ellen Gallagher transitions from painting to printmaking to celluloid through a playful syncretism of complex large-scale works that pivot between the natural world, mythology and history. Her compositions emerge through a process of recovery and reconstitution. The accumulation and erasure of media results in geomorphological surfaces that are often carved, inlaid, mounted, printed, blotted and inscribed. At the same time, Gallagher’s deeply material practice operates at the intersections of contemporary feminist, semiotic and cultural studies discourse.

The exhibition is curated by Zippora Elders and organised in cooperation with Centro Botín.