Time Jitters

In conjunction with the 2014 FotoFocus Biennial, Carl Solway Gallery presents Time Jitters, an exhibition of artworks by Jody Zellen including digital photographs, paintings, animated video projections and iPad apps that take their point of departure from news photographs culled from daily newspapers.

Zellen calls attention to image overload in contemporary society by creating her own over-saturated world. She begins with images culled from both digital and print media sources and alters them a variety of ways. In a series of photographic works, she reduces the web images to their essential pixels, distilling the photograph into a grid of colors. Line drawings made by tracing the printed newspaper images are overlaid on these grids of color, creating a push/pull between the abstracted grids of color and the contents of the source: politics, war, natural and man made disasters.

The various components in Zellen's work serve as building blocks that are reconfigured in different mediums. A line drawing of a newspaper image is scanned and then used in a digital collage, which can become a template for a painting, a page in an artist's book, an image in an iPad app as well as an animation in which the drawing process is made visible. In the exhibition, Zellen also presents a grid of gouache on paper paintings. While the specific events may not be discernible, these 22 x 30 inch works collectively become a representation of the passage of time.

Zellen illustrates the process of creation via her animated works. Time Jitters is a nineteen-minute, two channel video projection. In the work, a grid of twenty-five animations looping at different rates becomes a media wall -- a cacophony of pulsing color and flickering imagery.

Jody Zellen is a Los Angeles-based artist who works in many media simultaneously to make interactive installations, mobile apps, net art, animations, drawings, paintings, photographs, public art, and artists' books. Her recent installations include "Time Jitters," Grand Central Arts Center, Santa Ana, CA, 2014; "Above the Fold," The Halsey Institute at the College of Charleston, SC, 2014, "The Unemployed," Disseny Hub Museum, Barcelona, 2011. Zellen was a 2012 recipient of a California Community Foundation Mid Career Fellowship and in 2011 she received a Center for Cultural Innovation Artistic Innovation Grant and a Fellowship from the City of Santa Monica to develop an artwork for mobile devices. Her six apps "Urban Rhythms," "Spine Sonnet," "Art Swipe," "4 Square," "Episodic" and "Time Jitters" are available for free in the iTunes app store.

Time Jitters, 2014, Two channel video projection. Dimensions variable, Edition 6, AP1, 2 Ben Q Projectors, 2 Micca HD Media Players, 2 San Disk Memory Cards, 2 HDMI Cables If, 2013, 40 archival ink jet prints, 8 x 10 inches each, Edition 3, AP1
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Untitled, 2010-2014, 32 gouaches on paper, 22 x 30 inches each Untitled, 2014, 12 gouaches on paper, 10 x 10 inches each
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3-4-14, Archival marker on gessoed panel, 12 x 9 inches 12-15-11, Archival marker on gessoed panel, 12 x 9 inches 5-11-12, Archival marker on gessoed panel, 12 x 9 inches 5-30-12, Archival marker on gessoed panel, 12 x 9 inches
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8-19-12, Archival marker on gessoed panel, 12 x 9 inches 4-1-13, Archival marker on gessoed panel, 12 x 9 inches 9-15-11, Archival marker on gessoed panel, 12 x 9 inches 10-1-12, Archival marker on gessoed panel, 12 x 9 inches
Life Fragments, 2011-2014, DVD, Dimensions variable, Edition 6, AP1