Para Ellsworth,Homenaje3&white.collage on canvas.90x60cm.2000-2016-4078

Alejandra Padilla

Para Ellsworth,Homenaje3&white.collage on canvas.90x60cm.2000-2016-4078
Para Ellsworth,Homenaje2&black.collage on canvas.90x60cm.2000-2016-4081
Para Ellsworth,Homenaje1.collage on canvas.120x180cm.2000-2016-4077


Tribute to Ellsworth Kelly

“To me the investigation of perception was of the greatest interest. There was so much to see, and it all looked fantastic to me”. E.K

This exhibition is inspired on by Ellsworth Kelly’s work.

His work inspires me to think, to play, to explore the essence of colors and the relationship between them.

I found in his major series of paintings: “Spectrum” one of my favorites pieces of abstract art.     It is a composition of colors from the spectrum.

“Spectrum VI”, a group of 13 single-color canvases arranged in a horizontal row from 1969, was my starting point for this project, which includes collage on canvas, drawings and a site specificinstallation.

Why Kelly?

because Kelly is one of America‘s greatest 20th Centuryabstract artists.

because he developed Minimalism, Hard-edge painting, Color Field, and Pop Art.

because he was a bird watcher when he was a child

because he found inspiration everywhere

because he became somewhat of a loner

because he was an outsider living in France during the happy days of Abstract Expressionism in New York

because he combined fragments

because he made collage

because he inverted the ell

because in all his series there is always a black and white painting

because of the Rainbow

because his paintings hit me

because of his large formats

because he joined together canvases

because he worked in series

because all his works originated in drawings

Because as Simon Schama has written, all Kelly’s work begins with a moment of “perceptual serendipity” -a shadow, a reflection, a partly obscured object or shape- from which he then shares away a visual fragment.

Because of all that and more I take Ellsworth Kelly’s hand,

Thank you for all and for so much

Alejandra Padilla

March 2016 Buenos Aires

His influence and friends: Byzantine, Romanesque, John James Audubon, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky, Leger, Ad Reinhardt, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, Agnes Martin, Jack Shear, Robert Indiana, Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist, Mr. Youngerman, Lenore Tawney, Betty Parsons, Leo Castelli, Blum Helman, Mathew Marks, Agnes Gund, etc.