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Ellen Hackl Fagan
Ellen Hackl Fagan, Red Green, 2011, enamel, monoprint, ink, acrylic polymer

2011

$900

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Ellen Hackl Fagan builds connections between color and sound using installations, interactive games, and collaborative projects that combine color-and-texture saturated paintings with music and digital technologies. Blurring the boundary between painting and photography, Fagan uses paint to capture industrial materials, almost like a photogram. Working wet on wet, Fagan places her objects on soaked paper, and applies pigments after creating a pattern with salvaged plastics. As the paper gets covered, she finds she is painting blindly, more of a conductor than the primary actor. Once the paint is dry, Fagan removes the objects, revealing surprising passages of incredible beauty, the results of the chemistry of paint as it reacted to water, surfaces, gravity, and evaporation. By showing the ghostly view of the former objects, feelings of loss and memory exude from the interplay of light and dark. Fagan finds that the patterns created with mass-produced materials are similar to musical structures with their contrasts and nuances. Like a life, there are moments of darkness and solitude, confusion, or bliss. Balanced between randomness and intention, like jazz music, Fagan’s art continues to reveal limitless possibilities for improvisation. Saturation, accident, and the nature of the materials impose their own voice. Color seduces, the Siren’s call, in jewel tones. Echoing life’s chaotic beauty, her sources can be linked to pop music, kitsch, Rimbault, Jungian psychology, Minimalism, and the decorative arts. Ellen Hackl Fagan is an artist and the creator of ODETTA, a contemporary art gallery in New York City. Based in Greenwich, Connecticut and NYC, Fagan exhibits her work extensively, curates, writes, and collaborates with artists, curators, musicians, historians and coders to further her projects. Ellen Hackl Fagan is a painter and is the inventor of The Reverse Color Organ and the ColorSoundGrammar Game, two projects that enable viewers to interact aurally with color. The Reverse Color Organ is a web app, downloadable to a smart phone, thus placing this synaesthetic tool into peoples’ hands to be used, not only to expand the language of color, but also as a crowd-sourced musical instrument. Fagan exhibits her work, and has been written about extensively throughout New England and New York City. In 2014 she expanded her independent curatorial practice into a full time business and is now the owner of ODETTA Gallery, based in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. There, she is exploring new platforms in gallery practice as she continues to be an active member of the arts community.

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