Big Medium Gallery

Ellen Siebers: Sunbathers

Exhibition Dates: July 28 - August 19, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, July 28, 7-10pm

916 Springdale Rd Bldg 2, #101, Austin TX 78702
Gallery hours: Tue - Sat, 12-6pm


Sunbathers is a series of paintings inspired by the confined space found in both interior and exterior environments. The use of the square as object-like reference without spatial hierarchy acts as both a container and a window to present a flattened and abstracted view into the figurative subjects, domestic objects, and the circumstances in which they exist.

These gestures and concepts are filtered through an observational experience that is individually and specifically human; an experience also used as a pragmatic approach to painting. The mind’s eye acts as presence in the experience of digesting experience, with continuous limitations and visual processes which necessitate us to link together a series of images, perspectives, and perception. Acts of preservation or reanimation begin to feel like mythology; preserving something vital in paint is a matter of physicality and memory.

Ellen Siebers is a painter based in Brooklyn. Siebers was born and raised in Wisconsin and received her MFA from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, and her BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was a lecturer at the University of Iowa from 2009–12, a visiting faculty member at University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 2012–13, and currently works at the Brooklyn Museum. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States, recently participating in exhibitions at Frosch & Portmann, Proto Gallery, Field Projects, Fjord and The Provincial.

Previous Exhibitions

Mother Popcorn

Canopy | 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101, Austin, TX 78702 | 512.939.6665

Bolm | 5305 Bolm Rd #12, Austin, TX 78721

Big Medium is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Big Medium is also supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts and by generous contributions from private donors.