Elizabeth Gilfilen’s works on canvas and paper are rooted in the linear language of gestural abstraction. Through an additive and improvisational drawing in paint process, she builds complex spaces on the canvas that can range from sparse and elemental to chaotic and turbulent. Hand, eye and body collide, coaxing fluid, inky tracings into dense, jaunty structures. The material properties of paint are put into an uneasy tension with the suggestion of more legible forms. Fragmented appendages push and pull within monolithic landscapes, dissolving boundaries. Weaving temporal marks into something more tangible; the haptic, tactile line defines entangled networks of time-space.
Gilfilen received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from D.A.A.P. at the University of Cincinnati and her MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University (1997, 2001). She has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo (2013), Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (2013), The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program (2010-11), Gallery Aferro (2010), Alijra Emerge (2008), and The Bronx Museum of Art AIM Program (2005). Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT (2014); the Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ (2012); Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ (2011); and John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY (2010). Recent group exhibitions include Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, CA (2017); Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA (2017); Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York, NY (2015); Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2015); Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY (2014); and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY (2014), among others. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Islip Art Museum and Lehman College Gallery. Her work has been reviewed in many publications including Two Coats of Paint, New American Paintings, The Boston Globe, The Newark Star-Ledger and The New York Times. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
HONORS AND AWARDS
2013 Yaddo Foundation Fellowship
2013 Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, SIP Fellowship
2013 Oehme Graphics, Printmaking Residency
2010-11 Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program
2010 Gallery Aferro, Studio Residency
2007 Aljira, Emerge 9 Fellowship
2005 The Bronx Museum of the Arts, AIM Residency
2005 The Drawing Center, Viewing Program
2001 Barbara Ellen Powers Scholarship, VCU
2000 Graduate Assistantship Fellowship, VCU
2008 Miami University, Yeck Award Finalist
2001 Joan Mitchell Foundation, MFA Grant Nominee
2000 Dedalus Foundation, Graduate Fellowship Nominee
2016 Nightcrawler, The Majestic Theater, Jersey City, NJ
2014 Laid Ledge, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
2012 No longer, no later, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
2011 Two Moons, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
2010 Bruiser, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
TWFineart, Brisbane, Australia (upcoming)
Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, CA
Summer Steals, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
Fight or Fight, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Flat File Launch, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY
Faculty Exhibition, Flecker Gallery, SUNY-Suffolk, Selden, NY
Breathing Room, Rachael Wren, Jason Karolak, Elizabeth Gilfilen, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
(I'd Like to Suggest) Linger on, Anna Kunz Studio, Chicago, IL
Humble Iterations, Kathryn Markel Gallery, New York, NY
Conversations, Morgan Lehman Gallery, curated by Sharon Louden, New York, NY
Taking Off, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA
Soccer Mom, Lehman College, curated by Dannielle Tedeger, New York, NY
Paintings and works on paper, with Jonathan Waters and Philip Pearlstein, Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT
Improvised Showboat #4, Sangram Mujamdar Studio, curated by Zachary Keeting and Lauren Britton, Brooklyn, NY
The Last Brucennial, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY
SIP Exhibition, Blackburn 20/20, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
Downstate/Upstate, The Ink Shop Printmaking Center, Ithaca, NY
Meta Vista, Storefront Bushwick, curated by Matthew Gehring, Brooklyn, NY
Working it Out, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Paper, Mirror, Torn, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY
On the Fence, The Dirty Dirty, Brooklyn, NY
Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
The Presence of Line, The Hebrew Home, Gilbert Pavilion Gallery, New York, NY
Unraveling Paint, Kris Chatterson and Beth Gilfilen, Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, CT
Cutters, The Hunterdon Museum of Art, curated by Mary Birmingham, Clinton, NJ (catalog)
10 Years On and Going Strong, Carroll & Sons, Boston, MA
Exquisite Corpse, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers, Newark, NJ (catalog)
Pseudonymous, The Dirty Dirty, Brooklyn, NY
Morsel Remains, Morsel Gallery, curated by Elizabeth Cooper, Long Island City, NY
Full Circle, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, curated by Regine Basha, Ridgefield, CT (brochure with essay)
Young Painters, Hiestand Galleries, curated by Bob Nugent, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Unbreak my Heart, Pluto Gallery, curated by Brent Burket, Brooklyn, NY
Emerge 9, Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, organized by Christopher J. Lew, Newark, NJ (catalog)
Kaleidoscope, Lemmerman Gallery, curated by Midori Yoshimoto, NJCU, Jersey City, NJ
Metro 25, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
Bits and Pieces: The Collage Impulse, Lehman College Art Gallery, curated by Susan Hoetzel, Bronx, NY
Drawing Stage, City Without Walls, curated by E. Carmen Ramos, Newark, NJ (brochure with essay)
Painting Annual, Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ
AIM 25,The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY (catalog)
Bam! Boom! Bang!!!, Morsel Gallery, curated by Elizabeth Cooper, Brooklyn, NY
Crossing the Line, The Painting Center, curated by Cathy Diamond, New York, NY
Pivot Points, Anderson Gallery, curated by Reni Gower, Richmond, VA (traveling with catalog)
Radius, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
Errata, Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery, curated by Thom Collins, Arnold, MD
Drawing Conclusions, Islip Art Museum, curated by Keith Miller, East Islip, NY
New Art '04, Kingston Gallery, curated by Ann Wilson Lloyd, Boston, MA
Martha & Me, Gallery Onetwentyeight, New York, NY
Greetings from the Flatfiles, King Fisher Projects, curated by Matthew F. Fisher, Queens, NY
Sketches, Scrawls, Scribbles and Such, Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art Boat at ArtChicago, 4 x 6 Art, Garden Fresh Gallery, Chicago, IL
Hot & Sticky, The Painting Center, New York, NY
Treasure Hunt, Beth Gilfilen and Elise Howell, Bradford Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (catalog)
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS & EXHIBIT ESSAYS
New American Paintings. Michelle Grabner curator. Northeast Ed. #116. Open Studios Press, Boston, MA, 2015.
Jonathan Greene. Exhibition essay for solo exhibition, The Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ, 2012.
New American Paintings. Northeast Ed. #86. Open Studios Press, Boston, MA, 2010.
Mary Birmingham. Catalog essay for Cutters, The Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ, 2009.
Christopher Y. Lew. Catalog essay for E9, Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ, 2009.
Regine Basha. Exhibition essay for Full Circle, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, 2008.
Rocío Aranda-Alvarado. Exhibition essay for solo exhibition, The Jersey City Museum@The Majestic, Jersey City, NJ, 2007.
E. Carmen Ramos. Catalog essay for Drawing Stage, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ, 2006.
David Cohen. Unambiguous, A Curated Printed Exhibition. Artworld Digest, New York, NY, 2006.
Amy Rosenblum Martín and Lydia Yee. Catalog eassy for AIM 25, The Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY, 2005.
Steven L. Jones. Catalog essay for Pivot Points, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, Richmond, VA, 2005.
Richard Roth. Catalog essay for MFA Thesis Exhibition, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, 2001.
PRESS IN PRINT
Joan Tupponce. “Fall Arts Preview,” Richmond Times-Dispatch, September 4, 2014.
James Panero. “Gallery Chronicle,” The New Criterion, November 2013.
The New York Times, exhibition announcement with photograph, Metro section, Feb. 12, 2012.
Benjamin Genocchio. “A Show Goes Heavy on a Traditional Medium Yet Feels Fresh,” The New York Times, January 4, 2009.
Dan Bischoff. “Newark Art Exhibition is Part Swank, Part Cutting Edge,” The Star Ledger, August 4, 2008.
Benjamin Genocchio. “A Show of Small Works, and a Group Sampler,” The New York Times, December 9, 2007.
Dan Bischoff. “Working Small but Thinking Big,” The Star Ledger, November 30, 2007.
Dan Bischoff. “Make room for drawings: Wide-ranging show at CWOW,” The Star Ledger, September 22, 2006.
Cate McQuaid. “Three Shows Shake Up Summer Art Doldrums,” The Boston Globe, Aug. 20, 2004.
Joyce Korotkin. “Hot & Sticky,” The New York Art World, pg. 18-19. July 2001.
Jenny O. Ramirez. “Ready for Prime Time,” Style Weekly, Richmond, VA, pg. 32. July 18, 2000.
Jillian Steinhauer. “Art Rx NYC,” Hyperallergic. May 19, 2015.
Rembrandt's Dog's List, A 1000 Living Painters, May 3, 2015.
Jeff Hamada. BOOOOOOOM, April 28, 2015.
Anne Russinof. "Mind's Eye (or Ten Ways to Float)," Curating Contemporary, September 2014.
Angela Fraleigh. “5 questions,” angelafraleigh.com/blog, July 2, 2014.
Paul Behnke. “Studio Visit w/ Elizabeth Gilfilen,” Structure and Imagery, July 9, 2014.
Sharon L. Butler. “Recommended: Summer Group Shows,” Two Coats of Paint, July 8, 2014.
Paul Behnke. "Painters! (I Admire Greatly)," Structure and Imagery, March 9, 2014.
Anne Russinoff. “Studio Visit,” Gallery Travels, Seen Around Town, January 29, 2014.
Anne Russinoff. “Meta Vista at 16 Wilson,” Gallery Travels, Seen Around Town, October 23, 2013.
Matthew Gehring. “Meta Vista,” Curating Contemporary, October 2013.
Susan Oehme. Oehme Graphics Blog. May 7, 2013.
Henry Samelson. Buddy of Work, March 13, 2012.
Sharon L. Butler. “February round-up: Handmade, utopic, urgent and obsessive,” Two Coats of Paint, February 27, 2012.
Paul Behnke. “Elizabeth Gilfilen: No Longer, No Later@the Hunterdon Art Museum,” Structure and Imagery, Jan. 27, 2012.
Brett Baker. Painter's Table, November 22, 2011.
Sharon L. Butler. “Elizabeth Gilfilen: Pugilist Painter,” Two Coats of Paint, November 16, 2011.
Vince Contarino. “The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation The Space Program Open Studios,” KCLOG, April 23, 2011.
Martin Bromirski. ANABA, July 30, 2010.
Olympia Lambert. “Breaking hearts left and right,” OlysMusings, November 2, 2008.
ArtCal, PICK, November 2008.
Todd Gibson. “A Different Sort of Summer Group Show,” From the Floor, July 12, 2005.
FLATFILE PROJECTS AND ARTIST REGISTRIES
Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY
Pierogi, The Flatfiles
Carroll and Sons, The Boston Drawing Project
White Columns, The Curated Artist Registry
Culture Hall, Curated Artist Registry
PUBLIC ARTIST TALKS / PANELS
2012 Brooklyn Art Space, Artist Talk, Jennifer Sirey and Elizabeth Gilfilen, Brooklyn, NY, November 29
2012 Hunterdon Art Museum, Artist Talk for solo exhibit, Clinton, NJ, March 3
2011 Gallery Aferro, Artist Talk, Newark, NJ, December 3
2007 Lehman College Art Gallery, Artist Talk for Bits and Pieces exhibition, Bronx, NY, October 11
2006 Jersey City Museum, Artist Talk for Drawing Stage exhibition, Jersey City, NJ, September 21
2005 Virginia Commonwealth University, Grace Theater, Panelist for Pivot Points exhibition, Richmond, VA, March 1
TEACHING AND GUEST ARTIST POSITIONS
2013-2017 SUNY-Suffolk, Adjunct Instructor, Drawing I
2005 Virginia Commonwealth University, Visiting Artist, Lecture and graduate critiques, March 1-3
2004 Phillips Academy, Visiting Artist, Lecture and student critiques, February 5-6
2003 Moraine Valley Community College, Adjunct Instructor, Drawing I
2001 Virginia Commonwealth University, Instructor, Basic Drawing
2001 Virginia Commonwealth University, Teaching Assistant, Intermediate Painting
2000 Virginia Commonwealth University, Teaching Assistant, Basic Painting and Honors Arts Seminar