Ellen Nelson's 'The Infinity Between Zero & One' on display in June
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) will host Kalamazoo artist Ellen Nelson’s ‘The Infinity Between Zero & One’ in the center’s main gallery during the month of June.
The exhibit will open Friday, June 4 with a public artist reception from 5-8 p.m. and runs through June 26. The exhibit will also be available to be viewed Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 11-2 p.m. Face masks must be worn at all time when in the LACA facility regardless of vaccination status.
“We often think of infinity as something that is boundless, indescribable and inconceivable,” Nelson states. “It cannot be measured or truly understood by the human brain. In the midst of pondering this grandiosity, we forget that there also exists an infinity between zero and one. An infinity, that, although we still don’t quite understand it, is just as big as the expanding universe. This infinity abides in every place we go and in every person we meet. We encounter it constantly and always have the opportunity to get to know it and be changed by it.”
Nelson’s series of paintings in this exhibit are a reflection on forming relationships with the infinities in my life. It is about finding humor within hopelessness, becoming friends with the unknown, and allowing hatred and disdain to become gold and pearls. It is about learning how to be human in an incredibly cruel world. “These works have been my road map amidst chaos and fear, love and delight, seeking and resting. They haven’t always made sense, but that’s okay - very few things in life do.”
Nelson’s work as an artist draws heavily from her experiences getting to know and teach others. Understanding people of all ages and from all walks of life is a crucial part of her creative, academic and problem-solving processes.
Inspired by the mystical within the ordinary and driven by a passion for understanding, Nelson’s oil paintings seek to find the beauty, truth and meaning in the chaotic patterns of everyday life.
To view Nelson’s full bodies of work and read her artist statements for each series, visit Nelson’s website at www.EllenNelsonArtist.com. For informal musings on Nelson’s painting process and current works-in-progress, visit her blog at www.EllenENelson.blogspot.com.