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Eliot Markell

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Freak Show #1 (akimbo), beach rope on driftwood, wallboard compound, with pigment 2010 72"x30"x23"
Freak Show #6 (bone), oil paint on wallboard compound, beachrope & driftwood 2010 27.5"x8"x5"
Freak Show #2 (cover girl), oil paint on plaster, beachrope, paper & driftwood 2010 44.5"x12"x12"
Freak Show #8 (antenna), oil paint on wallboard compound, beachrope, paper & driftwood 2010 56"x6"x5"
Hippie, beach rope on driftwood, wallboard compound, with pigment 2008 60"x12"x12"
Artist's Statement

The fruition of the Beach Rope & Driftwood sculpture pieces result not only from shorefront strolls on rocky beaches in Maine (the best selection of rope due to myriad lobster trap gear), the North Fork, Montauk and the Dominican Republic, but from a desire to branch out (excuse the pun) from painting.
It dawned on me that the multi-hued tangles of knotted beach rope could be cleaned, sorted and applied to driftwood in a congruent manner. The laborious process of wrapping, gluing and stapling satisfy a fundamental urge to physically assemble a combination of man-made and natural detritus. The variety of beach rope’s weathered palette, layered onto lengths of driftwood compliment my painted images chromatically, and refer to African and outsider sources. These rough hewn sculptures suggest an implicit virility rooted in figurative association.


Eliot Markell
917 674-4382

2010-2009 Courthouse Gallery, Ellsworth ME, group exhibits.
2009 College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine. Wingspread Gallery commemoration, group exhibit.
2008-1991 Wingspread Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME., group exhibitions.
2008 Nut Roaster Studio, Brooklyn NY, solo exhibit.
2006 ‘Temporary Museum of Painting, Brooklyn NY, group exhibit.
2005 Makor Gallery, NY. NY. “Neurotic Visionaries and Paranoid Jews”, group exhibit.
2003 Museum Editions, NY. NY. group exhibit.
1998 450 Broadway Gallery, NY. NY. “Blind Date” Group exhibit, curated by Eliot Markell.
1995 Ronald Feldman Gallery, NY. NY., “Other Rooms”, group exhibit.
1994 Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY., Brooklyn Academy of Music, benefit group exhibit.
1992 Germans Van Eck Gallery, NY.NY., group exhibit.

2005 “Seeing Things”, catalog essay by Stephen Maine