Georgia Elrod at Peninsula Art Space

Artist: Georgia Elrod

Exhibition title: Heartbeats

Venue: Peninsula Art Space, New York, US

Date: September 21 – November 10, 2019

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Peninsula Art Space, New York

Peninsula Art Space is pleased to present​ Heartbeats, an exhibition of recent work by ​Georgia Elrod. ​Comprised of Elrod’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures, the show will be on view from September 21st through November 10th.

Utilizing a combination of gouache, pastels, pencil, and oil, Elrod creates intricate mixed media paintings and works on paper. This recent group of work began several years ago as the artist experienced having a child and depicts specific “moments of being,” which become encoded with autobiographical narratives. The resulting imagery investigates what happens within and around bodies as they function, change, surge. The slowly unfolding and often sensual works include intersecting interiors and exteriors of bodies to humanize and complicate the way we interpret the figure. They visually explore and deconstruct the nuances of common human experiences such as sleeping, thinking, breastfeeding, even dying.

Positing physical identity as a kind of living abstraction, the imagery can be both familiar and unidentifiable. By letting go of anatomical rules, the borders around and within the figures blur. Zooming in on particular bodily functions, the works poeticize the ribs moving with breath, the spine at rest, the beating of a heart.

Georgia Elrod​is a New York City based artist and painter. Her work has been exhibited in New York and abroad, in solo exhibitions at Novella Gallery and John Davis Gallery, as well as in group exhibitions at spaces, including Momenta Art, The Painting Center, and RH+ Gallery in Istanbul. She received her MFA in Painting from Hunter College, and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Georgia Elrod, Heartbeats, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Georgia Elrod, Heartbeats, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Georgia Elrod, Heartbeats, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Georgia Elrod, Heartbeats, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Georgia Elrod, Heartbeats, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Georgia Elrod, Heartbeats, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Georgia Elrod, Heartbeats, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Georgia Elrod, Heartbeats, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Georgia Elrod, Heartbeats, 2019, exhibition view, Peninsula Art Space, New York

Georgia Elrod, Every 2 Hrs, 2019, Oil, pastel and mixed media on canvas, 32” x 26”

Georgia Elrod, Sleeping, 2018, Oil and pastel on canvas, 11” x 14”

Georgia Elrod, Homemade, 2019, Oil, pastel and mixed media on canvas, 42” x 44

Georgia Elrod, Night Dip, 2019, Oil, pastel and mixed media on canvas, 8” x 8”

Georgia Elrod, No Bow , 2019, Oil and mixed media on canvas, 25” x 27”

Georgia Elrod, Not for You, for You, 2019, Oil, pastel and mixed media on canvas, 54” x 62”

Georgia Elrod, Dial, 2018, Oil, pastel and mixed media on canvas, 8” x 8”

Georgia Elrod, Ode to MK , 2019, Gouache and pastel on paper, 11” x 14”

Georgia Elrod, Midsummer, 2019, Gouache and pastel on paper, 4.5” x 11”

Georgia Elrod, 8 Hours, 2019, Oil, pastel and mixed media on canvas, 26” x 32”

Georgia Elrod, Found it, Been Looking, 2019, Oil, pastel and mixed media on canvas, 18” x 24”

Georgia Elrod, Heartbeats, 2015 / 2019, Oil and pastel on canvas, 12” x 16”

Georgia Elrod, Oondine, 2019,, Gouache and pastel on paper, 11” x 14”

Georgia Elrod, 5 Days, 2019, Gouache and mixed media on paper, 10.5” x 11”

Georgia Elrod, Small Window , 2018, Gouache and pastel on paper, 9” x 12”

Georgia Elrod, File 2010, 2018, 5″ x 5″, Cardboard, velvet, balsa wood, copper, rock, kinetic sand

Georgia Elrod, File 2016 , 2018, 3″ x 5″, Cardboard, velvet, iron, yarn, crystal, kinetic sand

Georgia Elrod, File 2008, 2018, 5″ x 5″, Cardboard, velvet, cement, rock, glass, Dunkin Donuts, kinetic sand

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