Jeff Elrod makes large-format abstract paintings concerned with the relationship
between hand-painted and digitally created mark-making. His practice is informed
by the trajectory of late twentieth century abstraction and the emergence of sophisticated
software and print technology. Many of his works are hybrid images which incorporate
what he terms ‘analogue’ techniques using acrylic, tape, and spray paint, and ‘frictionless’
digital drawings that originate using familiar programs such as Illustrator and
Photoshop. The resulting paintings are characterised by shifts between flat planes
of colour and an illusory depth.
A second series of works – the Echo paintings - are produced from hard-edged digital drawings which Elrod transforms into blurred images using Photoshop. They are then printed in UV ink on canvas. Inspired by Brion Gysin and William Burrough’s self-hypnotising Dream Machine, Elrod’s paintings consist of indistinct blotches of two and three-tone colour spread across the painting field. Their pronounced retinal effect is a result of a digital process which un-focuses his dense geometric computer drawings until the skeleton of the image dissolves and a new presence emerges. What begin as hard-edged Jackson Pollock webs on screen are transformed into amorphous clouds of colour. Without a focal point to anchor the image, the visual field of these works resists coherence and the space, shape and lines from the artist’s original drawings are lost and re-presented as a newly churned abstraction.