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.
All photographs © Ellen Feldman 2017, 2018. All rights reserved.