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Gelah Penn: Uneasy Terms

February 13 - March 14

70 John Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
Thursday-Saturday, 1-7 PM
(917) 584 0579

Undercurrent is pleased to present Uneasy Terms, a solo show by mid-career artist Gelah Penn. The exhibition will feature a 33-foot-long site-responsive installation, as well as monumental constructed drawings and small collages from two of the artist’s ongoing series, Stele and Notes on Clarissa (Volume I).

Throughout her career, Gelah Penn has challenged artistic conventions and the traditional concept of drawing by utilizing synthetic, lightweight materials such as Mylar, lenticular plastic, plastic garbage bags and mosquito netting. Her subtle and sophisticated wall works and installations stand out for both their unusual fragmentation and formal intelligence.

Working at the intersection of drawing, painting and sculpture, Penn’s process reflects an optical and surface-oriented sensibility, favoring the visual language of modularity and materiality over narrative composition. Her analytical approach to abstraction is heavily informed by physicality and form, with an emphasis on the visual dynamics of the configuration rather than a literal narrative resulting from those shapes and structures.