Meet Photographer Ellen Friedlander 

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Ellen Friedlander’s images manifests via each documentarian and interpretive impulses, influenced as a lot through the greats of twentieth century boulevard images as through surrealist, cinematic and constructivist visible narrators. Her imaginative pattern-based boulevard structures have the hoop of fact, whilst her mysterious and considerate landscapes and portraits have a imaginative and prescient of connectedness with nature and each and every different. The recombinant investigations of her happenstance discuss additionally to her sense of duty to the longer term. Friedlander’s new video mission “Know Hope, Know Desires” with Artists 4 Peace is a melodic composition of panorama images interwoven with emotional portraits conveying the need of world compassion.

L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you had been an artist? 

ELLEN FRIEDLANDER: I knew that artwork used to be my pastime as younger as 5 years outdated when my mom enrolled me in a portray magnificence on the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY, the place I grew up. I used to be at all times my happiest when I used to be dancing or making artwork as a kid however it used to be at 16 when my creative trail was clearer. My father gave me my first digicam, an Olympus OM2n and from then on I was ate up with this visible outlet that allowed me to channel my ingenious power extra at once. I’ve spent the final 45 years creating myself and my craft, and I in the end really feel like I’ve one thing to mention and feature the visible vocabulary to specific it.

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Ellen Friedlander: Curtain Name

What’s your quick solution to those who ask what your paintings is ready? 

It’s laborious for any artist to be installed a field, and my paintings I believe in point of fact exemplifies that as I pay attention to my ingenious go with the flow. My paintings is a visible diary of the puts and stories I see earlier than me. The use of quite a lot of in-camera and put up processing tactics of layering, reducing and assemblage of latest visible narratives, I divulge the unpredictable, idiosyncratic, inscrutable nature of the human situation.

What would you be doing should you weren’t an artist? 

I see no selection trail for myself.

Did you cross to artwork college? Why/Why now not? 

I’ve a BFA in Studio Artwork with a minor in Images from Ithaca Faculty. Ithaca is understood for his or her communications college and the images professors had been ordinary, at the side of my fellow classmates. After faculty, I didn’t have the monetary way to hunt out a devoted MFA program so I serious about running for business photographers in each and every town that I lived in and all the way through the final 40 years.

Ellen Friedlander: Barbed Town

Why do you are living and paintings in L.A., and now not in different places? 

I by no means noticed myself dwelling in L.A. I moved to the USA in 2010 after dwelling in Hong Kong for 15 years. I used to be in Orange County when each my children left the nest, and I discovered myself by myself in Santa Ana. I had no neighborhood there, and so bought my space in 2018 and spontaneously moved to L.A. and it’s been the most productive determination of my lifestyles.

When used to be your first display? 

My paintings introduced into the ‘actual’ global simply earlier than the pandemic after I had {a photograph} showcased in Kristine Schomaker’s Understand Me touring exhibition. On the identical time, I additionally had 4 works from my Betrayal: Shattered in a Second mission displayed in a bunch display at LACP [Los Angeles Center of Photography]. All the way through the pandemic I used to be in a position to supply an amazing quantity of labor and this previous March (2021) I had my first solo display on the Photographer’s Eye Gallery in Escondido, which featured my collection The Prolonged Body: A Selection of City Tales.

Ellen Friedlander, from the Prolonged Body collection

When is/used to be your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or mission? 

I maximum not too long ago had my quick movie “Know Hope, Know Desires,” featured on Artists 4 Peace — an World artist on-line collective with a project of contributing to “global peace and sustainability through developing alternatives for significant communique and leading edge collaborations the world over.” The movie used to be created in collaboration with my daughter Alexi Butts, in addition to tune through my expensive good friend MB Gordy and Don Day by day.

What artist dwelling or useless would you maximum like to turn or paintings with? 

If I may paintings with any individual at this time dwelling, I might completely like to collaborate with JR. JR is converting the arena the use of his artwork, and that’s precisely my project too.

Ellen Friedlander: Betrayal

Do you pay attention to tune whilst you paintings? If that is so what? 

I really like tune, however can’t center of attention with any roughly background noise. I paintings in silence being attentive to my very own discussion rattle round inside of my mind.

Web site and social media handles, please! 

Web site:


IG: @emfphoto59

Fb: @Ellen M. Friedlander

Ellen Friedlander: Nonetheless from video, Know Hope, Know Desires

Updated: December 21, 2021 — 10:56 pm