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Jeff Elrod, Sonora Lights, 2016, ink-jet print and acrylic on canvas, 90 × 70".

Jeff Elrod

Galleria Christian Stein | Milan

Jeff Elrod, Sonora Lights, 2016, ink-jet print and acrylic on canvas, 90 × 70".

Jeff Elrod’s work exploits some of the possibilities offered by digital graphics yet still maintains a traditional visual apparatus. At first glance, it even seems to exemplify a familiar type of abstraction that is cold and formally very composed. In fact, his extremely large canvases are made using an ink-jet printing technique, with marks typical of various computer programs (MS Paint, Photoshop, Illustrator) enormously enlarged so viewers can see the sequence of rectilinear strokes that make up every type of curve. Not everything in his work, however, is digital; in the long process that leads to the final, machine-printed image, Elrod introduces signs derived from his own gestures, placing them side by side with apparently similar but programmed images. For example, in the large canvas Sonora Lights (all works cited, 2016) a pattern of tiny black-and-white squares is superimposed

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