Elisa Jensen: Street Lines
Exhibition Dates: October 28, 2014 - November 22, 2014
Reception: Thursday, October 30, 6 - 8 PM
Elisa Jensen lives and paints in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, taking as her subject the street life of her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. The source material for her work includes scavengers who collect tin and bottles to redeem at the recycling facilities that squat near the Blissville border (she refers to the efforts of these fringe workers as an ‘heroic’, and akin to the painter’s job of eking out an existence at the fringes of the city); children hopscotching in the park; the bicycle riding hipsters and urbanistas who are increasingly making their homes in north Brooklyn; and the endless flowing lines of graffiti that weave through it all. Elisa Jensen has shown extensively in New York and Europe, most recently at Life on Mars Gallery in Bushwick and Edelman Arts in Manhattan and Galleri Salling in Denmark. Her work has won numerous prizes, including The John Koch Award for Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and The Award for Painting from the National Academy of Art. She teaches at The New York Studio School and Pratt.