Press Release

Fingers Never Stop
New Paintings

December 8, 2006 - January 6, 2007
Opening Friday, December 8, 6 - 8 pm

Texas Gallery
2012 Peden Street
Houston, TX 77019

Texas Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by JEFF ELROD. A former Glassell Core artist, Elrod was born in Texas and works in both New York and Marfa. This will be his third show one person at the gallery. Titled Fingers Never Stop, the show consists of a series of new works on canvas utilizing silkscreen, latex and airbrushed acrylic paint. Known for use of graffiti like gestures made originally as drawings on a computer which were then embedded in monochromatic fields of color, Elrod in the new work balances expressive color and gestures, strong positive and negative spaces, with a background grid that still retains references to the computer origins of his drawings. Like Brice Marden or even earlier abstract artists such as Adolph Gottlieb, Elrod balances the elements applied to the painting surface in a tension that resists any direct reference to content or illusion and re introduces the idea of the shallow space of the picture plane. The work brings to mind the work of the color field painters of the 60s and 70s in the use of large areas of color but given a different kick through the use of spray paint as the colors glow rather than recede. Casual marks which are a serendipitous result of the working process are sprinkled throughout the paintings. The resulting paintings are exuberant abstractions of color and light following in the best tradition of modern American painting.

In the past few years, Elrod has exhibited in Berlin, Milan, New York and Marfa,Tx. Most recently he had a solo exhibition at Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, New York.

For further information please contact Nancy Douthey, 713.524.1593 (ph); 713.524.0534 (fax). Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm.

Upcoming shows: Hamish Fulton, an installation based on walk in the Gila National Wilderness; and Robert Rauschenberg, Scenarios.

Texas Gallery
2012 Peden
Houston, TX 77019
713.524.1593 (tel)
713.524.0534 (fax)