Scott Daniel Ellison's latest solo show—his second in NYC—expands on his fascination with ragged animal life, horror film characters and the artists' recurrent fears, all in his trademark faux-naïve style. The Beacon, NY-based photographer and painter sticks to the latter medium in "The Birthday Party," a series of small, acrylic images that he could have as easily taken from "Friday the 13th" as from a backyard after raccoons raided a garbage can.
Their minute proportions (most measure under a foot) and figurative nature give the impression of storybook illustrations from a particularly macabre tale. These narrative tendencies have their origins in Scandinavian folk art and stories that surrounded Ellison during an extended stay in Sweden.
The exhibition will feature more than a dozen offerings, and opens this week. See details below.