: Filmed in 2013, artist Ellen Gallagher discusses her large-scale installation "Osedax" (2010) at the New Museum in New York City. Made in collaboration with Dutch artist Edgar Cleijne, Osedax was inspired by and named after the bone-devouring worms recently discovered in an ocean canyon near Monterey, California. Drawn to scientists' description of this discovery, Gallagher sees similarity between their account and how science fiction narratives unfold through the transformation and evolution of characters and physical matter.
Repetition and revision are central to Ellen Gallagher's paintings, collages, and films. From afar, Gallagher's work often appears abstract and minimal but, upon closer inspection, details reveal complex narratives that borrow from maritime history, science fiction, popular culture, and the experiences of African Americans. Although the work has often been interpreted as an examination of race, Gallagher also suggests a formal reading with respect to materials, processes, and formal structures.
Learn more about the artist at:www.art21.org/artists/ellen-gallagher
CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Ian Forster. Camera: Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Sound: Ava Wiland. Editor: Brad Kimbrough. Artwork Courtesy: Edgar Cleijne & Ellen Gallagher. Special Thanks: New Museum. Theme Music: Peter Foley.
"Ellen Gallagher: Don't Axe Me" at the New Museum, New York
June 19--September 15, 2013www.newmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/ellen-gallagher-don-t-axe-me