After receiving a BFA from Cooper Union in 1974, I focused on
three-dimensional work with emphasis on how surfaces interface with supportive and/or resistant forces. This arose from exposure to concepts then emerging of ecological interconnectedness.
For sculpture I sewed sheets of aluminum screening into shapes suggestive of flying carpets or zooming boats or sleek airplanes. These were embedded in undulating fields representing air or water currents.
As sculptural objects these vehicles can seem to be trapped in viscous fluid or floating in a supportive current. Depending on the mindset of the viewer.
My drawings are studies in the build up of topography. They relate to geologic forces. When my hand falters a little or if I impulsively deviate from exactly following a line already laid down then the subsequent echoing lines form rippling surface contours. A visible topography of impulses.
This work has been shown extensively in galleries mostly in the New York City area and also in France and Italy.
In 2011 and again in 2017 I was awarded New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellowship grants in support of these drawings.
There are numerous articles and videos about my life and work. Most
notable is a 2017 article by Eileen Townsend, which appeared in the Village
Voice and may be found online:
She Met Jay-Z. Then She Went Back to Her Glorious Life..
Ellen Grossman CV
2011 NYFA-New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award for Drawings
2017 Fellowship grant from NYFA- New York Foundation for the Arts for Drawings.
List of Animations by Ellen Grossman
1. Clicks Feb, 15, 2020, Animation & Soundtrack by Ellen Grossman
2. Wisps March 20, 2020, Animation & Soundtrack by Ellen Grossman.
3. Discordances for a Discordant Time, April 10, 2020 ,Animation &
Soundtrack by Ellen Grossman
4. Progressions May 7, 2020 ,Animation & Soundtrack by Ellen Grossman
5. Progressions 2, July 23, 2020 ,Animation & Soundtrack by Ellen Grossman
6. Here There Be, August 7, 2020 Animation by: EllenGrossman, Soundtrack
by: Tamar Gisis
7. NightFull, October 13, 2020 Animation by: Ellen Grossman, Soundtrack by
8. Haiku- Repetitions, October27, 2020 Animation by: Ellen Grossman
Poem and Soundtrack by Tamar Gisis
9. When Covid Is Over, December 26, 2020 Soundtrack by Ellen Grossman,
Voiceover by Keith Garsee
10. Grand Swarm Slither, March 19, 2021, Soundtrack by Declan Peters
2020 A Topography of Impulse The Yard, NY, NY Curator: Michaeline Sander
2019-2020 Picturing Space, Artists Imagine Architecture
FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology),NY,NY
Curated by Anne Finkelstein
2019 Life Drawing 360
Figureworks Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
Curated by Randall Harris
2018 Surface Complex,
Chashama, New York,NY
2017 In This House Of Sky, Westbeth Gallery, New York,NY, Curator: Karen Fitzgerald
2017 Re:Construction, McKinsey Co., New York,NY, Curator: David Terry, NYFA
2016 Slow Art, Foundation at Brooklyn Workshop Gallery, Brooklyn,NY, Curator: Jeanne Heifetz
2016 Lines, Art Salon, Long Island City, NY, Curators: Pamela Matsuda Dunn, Ann Aptaker
2015 Unreality, 11 EME Edition DeLa Mini Foire Salon Zurcher, Paris, France, Curators: Shaina Yang & Sarah Wang
2015 Gran Paradiso, Sorrento, Italy
2015 Echo of Another Dawn, City Bird Gallery, New york, NY, Curators: Marion Guiraud & Marie van Eersel
2015 Back To Life, Saint Ann & the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn, NY, Curators: NYFA Curatorial
2014 Surface Complex, [solo ] Art101, Brooklyn, NY, Curator: Ellen Rand
2014 Salonukah, Trestle Gallery,Brooklyn, NY, Curators: Anthony
Tino, Curator/Co- Founder Endless Editions
2014 Time Frames Marking Time, New York, NY curators: Elisa Decker and Barbara Lubliner
2014 Obsession, Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Curator: Audrey Frank Anastasi
2013 Flat File Artist of the Week, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Education: 1974 Cooper Union, New York, NY BFA Video and Sculpture