M+B now represent Eliot Greenwald. The artist’s first West Coast solo exhibition, Jungle Egg, was held in January at the gallery.
Eliot Greenwald’s paintings map the ever-evolving terrain of individual experience, tracing the distances between subjective reality and the natural world. In his newest work, the artist’s car scenes take place amidst exotic, lush fauna. Neon lights emit from each metal facade, shifting in complexion from dull to bright like a human gaze gaining clarity. The car becomes a stand-in of sorts for the viewer themselves, a non-theological spirit which evokes the interior of the mind. Greenwald constructs a type of repetitive continuity between works, single motifs or images reappearing over and over again. This use of repetition, for Greenwald, mirrors the slow evolution of one’s cognitive understanding of reality. You don’t see one tree, for instance, and suddenly possess a perfect idea of what all trees are. Rather, you see many trees of many shapes and many colors and many sizes, and from this slow accretion of trees, come to develop a personal relationship to trees as a whole. To this end, his imagery is often surreal, perhaps even Dada-esque, in its proportion, shape, and color. He is not interested in realistic representation. The images he puts to his canvases are studies on myth-making, what we do to make sense of our particular location in time and space. They are the products of his own mind, reflections of his particular subjective understanding of what certain objects can, or should, look like.
Eliot Greenwald (b. 1983) was born and raised in Portland, Maine and now lives and works in Ashfield, MA. Most recently, his work has been exhibited at Best Western, Ridgewood, NY (2022); M+B, Los Angeles (2022); Taymour Grahne Projects, London (2021); Harper’s, Los Angeles and New York (2021 and 2020); Gana Art Nineone, Seoul (2021); Hesse Flatow, New York (2021 and 2020); and Emmanuel Barbault Gallery, New York (2020). Greenwald’s work has appeared in Artmaze, Artnet, and Juxtapoz, among other publications.
M+B co-represents Eliot Greenwald with Harper’s, New York.