Kelli Ellis

Above from left to right: from the Sign Language series, I, II, III, VI, VII, X, all print on canvas, 40 x 53″ each

Kelli Ellis has been drawing her whole life. As a featured artist at LeftBank art, Kelli Ellis is able to continue her pursuit of art and design at a professional level. At The Current Iowa, we have 6 pieces from her Sign Language collection – I, II, III, VI, VII, & X. This series was inspired in part by the artists grandfather; he was a decorated FBI agent, and often regaled Ellis with tales of early forensics and the development of finger printing techniques. Over time, Ellis expanded upon these memories to create a series filled with designs reminiscent of the swirls and individuality of fingerprints. 

Ellis has the entire series, as well as her other works, on her website!

Fun Fact: Francisca Rojas is thought to be the first guilty conviction based on fingerprint evidence. He was charged with murder in Argentina in 1892.

Matthew Kluber

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Above: still from Friday I’m In Love, alkyd on aluminum with projections, 96 x 44″

Matthew Kluber, another of The Current’s featured Midwestern artists, is currently residing in Iowa City.  Within his work, Kluber investigates the intersection of painting and digital technology, with a keen interest in the overlap of the physical world (traditional media) and the virtual world (new media). At this intersection, the ephemeral, unbound space of digital video is linked, by means of projection, to the fixed object of a painting.  The painting thus becomes colorfully illuminated via coded content. With the addition of the element of time, a hybrid pictorial space has been constructed. Friday I’m in Love encompasses concepts such as old vs. new and solid vs. transient. Kluber accomplishes this dualism by utilizing an alkyd on aluminum painting with digital video art projections. To see more of Kluber’s intriguing work, feel free to follow the link below!

Fun Fact: Kluber’s work is inspired by his interest in the historic changes brought about in art by the social and cultural upheavals and rapid developments in science and technology in the 1960’s and 70’s. These changes compelled a new generation of artists to address emotional disengagement, formal rigor, and anonymity of authorship in order to escape the artistic style that had then reached its height of influence: Abstract Expressionism.