Doomsday Boogie by Keltie Ferris includes two large-scale paintings in dialogue with a series of thin vertical paintings—physical realizations of the zips whose form originated in Barnett Newman’s The Wild (1950). Armed with a spray of vaporized oil pigments, Ferris has created a fresh and original abstract language that combines her own distinctive approach to mark-making with the history of abstract painting.
In her large paintings, Ferris overlays geometric grounds with graffiti-like markings in airbrush—juxtaposing earthy blacks, greens, purples, and browns with vivid, chemical bursts of gold, pink, acid green, and chartreuse. In select pieces Ferris also outlines the fields of spray in abrupt, vertical strokes of color. These expansive paintings, with their pixelated backgrounds and neon, atmospheric foregrounds, evoke technological cityscapes whose layered space and temporality recall Tron, City of Night, and other cinematic masterpieces of science fiction noir.
Keltie Ferris: Doomsday Boogie is organized by Jeffrey Uslip.
This exhibition has been made possible by SMMoA’s Ambassador Circle. Support has also been provided by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.