Urban Zips

Exhibition prints are available for purchase (see below).

“Urban Zips” combines my interest in abstract expressionist painting with my longstanding work in street photography.

Since my college days in New York City, I have been drawn to the large canvasses of abstract expressionist painters such as Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, and Barnett Newman. Newman’s work inspired this project. He created what he called “zips”: paintings in which a field of one color is bisected by one or more thin bands—or zips—of another color.

As a photographer, I followed the path of Helen Levitt, Saul Leiter, and others to street photography, where formal elements are not isolated from their embodiment in human subjects and their physical environments.

In this series I create my own zips: one or more “slices” from my street photos bisect a field of color (pavement, wall, or other urban surface). As the series has progressed, I have relaxed the grip of Newman’s modernism and refocused my attention on the grit of city life.

Exhibition prints (20x30") are available for purchase (editions of 7); contact Ellen.

Big foot

Big foot

Belleville

Belleville

XXX

XXX

Prague School Yard

Prague School Yard

Graffiti Artist

Graffiti Artist

Excavator

Excavator

No Admittance

No Admittance

Red Arrow Over Step

Red Arrow Over Step

E_Man and Boy

E_Man and Boy

Smoking Area

Smoking Area

Umbrellas

Umbrellas

Sorry - Not Sorry

Sorry - Not Sorry

Man and Boy with Caps

Man and Boy with Caps

Vertigo

Vertigo

Man Walking into Curve

Man Walking into Curve

Medieval Modern

Medieval Modern

Zip zip

Zip zip