Ellen Gallagher: Accidental Records
The artist’s book ‘Ellen Gallagher: Accidental Records’ includes new paintings and drawings that continue the artist’s exploration of the complex histories of the Black Atlantic and the afterlives of the Middle Passage. Widely associated with a resurgence in this diasporic critical space, Gallagher has developed her own genre of history painting which makes us question our geographies. The slowly layered surfaces of her work becomes a kind of reckoning, the way sailors mark their locations at sea, determined by return.
Alongside views of Gallagher’s artworks and portraits of the artist working in her studio, texts will feature from Adrienne Edwards, curator at Performa and the Walker Art Center, and Philip Hoare, a writer whose books include ‘Leviathan or, the Whale’, ‘The Sea Inside’ and, most recently, ‘RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR’. Edwards will address themes of portraiture and performance while Hoare will consider Gallagher’s work in relation to the greater scope of marine and whaling history.
The artist’s book is released on the occasion of Gallagher’s solo show at Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles, 4 November 2017 – 28 January 2018.