Ellen Hackl Fagan

 

 

Artist Biography

Ellen Hackl Fagan is on a quest to hear the sound of cobalt blue. Working with saturated colors when painting sensitized her to color’s communicative nature. Building connections between color and sound through abstract paintings, photography and interactive digital technologies, she seeks to create a synaesthetic language that pairs color to sound. She is developing The Reverse Color Organ and the ColorSoundGrammar Game, two interactive projects that enable viewers to explore the aural potential of color.

Her process walks the balance between randomness and intention, like jazz music, revealing limitless possibilities for improvisation. Fagan exhibits her artwork throughout the greater New York metropolitan area and maintains her studio and curatorial practice in Bushwick.

Ellen Hackl Fagan is the owner of ODETTA, a new artist run gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC.
www.odettagallery.com


Seeking the Sound of Cobalt Blue, Installation View, 2014.
Pigment, ink, acrylic, board, rag, yupo, vellum, floor

Represention:

  • Art in Flux, New York, NY

  • Pierogi, Flat Files, Brooklyn, NY ; Pierogi Gallery http://www.pierogi2000.com


  • Current and Upcoming Shows


    Ellen Hackl Fagan, What Does Blue Sound Like? 2017, flourescent lights, plexiglas,
    foamboard, 40 x 28 x 25 inches per window.


    What Does Blue Sound Like?

    Art in the Windows Exhibition Series
    Curated by Arezoo Moseni
    Dates: April 4- June 28, 2017 (On view day and night)
    Mid-Manhattan Library Lobby Vitrines
    455 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

    Special event: Joseph Celli composer, radio producer and virtuoso on double reed; and Hap Tivey artist and an early pioneer in the California Light and Space movement; join Ellen Hackl Fagan for the Artist Dialogue Series event in the Corner Room of Mid-Manhattan Library on Saturday, April 29 at 2:30 PM.

    Initiated and organized by Arezoo Moseni in 2004, Artist Dialogue Series provide an open forum for understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. Artists are paired with critics, curators, gallerists, writers or other artists to converse about art and the potential of exploring new ideas.

    The event is free and advanced registration is recommended.

    The Art Collection at Mid-Manhattan Library presents the site-specific exhibition What Does Blue Sound Like by artist Ellen Hacki Fagan. This exhibition features the Reverse Color Organ (RCO) with an interactive web app that viewers can download to their iPhones or Droids. Their phones become a synaesthetic tool, enabling them to explore their own unique opinions about the sounds of colors.



    ODETTA presents

    Invocation


    Dates: May 12 - June 18, 2017
    Opening Reception: Friday May 12, 6-8 pm
    Artists Talk: Sunday June 11, 3 pm


     


    Recent News

    Hartford Symphony Orchestra launches new contemporary ensemble series with Scribing the Void at Real Art Ways January 26 at 7 pm

    It’s the Hartford Symphony Orchestra like you’ve never seen or heard us before! HSO is joining forces with Real Art Ways to present a concert that mixes music and art in a compelling new way with Scribing the Void, part of the HSO’s new contemporary ensemble series. The concert will take place on Thursday, January 26, at 7 pm at Real Art Ways. For concert information and tickets, visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.

    Courtesy of ODETTA, Kurt Steger and RSM's original works will be transformed in this setting of orchestral sounds. In addition, Ellen Hackl Fagan's sensate paintings take deep blue to a new level. To learn more visit: Real Art Ways.


    Recent Event

    PANEL DISCUSSION: Abstraction, Color, and Sound
    Date: Thursday, October 13, 6 – 8pm
    Moderator: Jonathan Lippincott
    Panelists: Barbara MacAdam, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Paul Corio
    Learn more

    Click here to participate: https://www.facebook.com/events/949322678505433/?active_tab=posts

     


     

    Recent Press:

    James Panero, The New Criterion Critic's Notebook, "A high-flying score & expeditionary lore," April 26, 2017
    http://www.newcriterion.com

    Arts in Bushwick, Etty Yaniv, "Ellen Hackl Fagan is Immersed in Blue," February 10, 2017
    http://artsinbushwick.org

    CT Post, Christina Hennessy, Sound and Color Shape Artist's Aural Aspirations, June 25, 2016
    www.ctpost.com

    Hearst Media, Greenwich Time, S Magazine, Christina Hennessy, Her Evergreen Just Had To Be Blue, December 13, 2015, Cover Feature
    http://blog.ctnews.com


    Chris Setter, all rights reserved

    Gallery Travels
    August, 2015 http://gallerytravels.blogspot.com

    The Architecture of Tomorrow with Douglas Turner
    May 20, 2015: http://douglas-turner.com/flux-art-fair-harlem-has-its-day/

     


     

    Recent shows



    ODETTA presents

    River Woman


    Dates: March 17 - April 30, 2017
    Opening Reception: Saturday March 18, 6-8 pm
    Artists Talk: Sunday March 26, 3:00 pm



    A.I.R. Gallery
    Space Craft
    Curated by Liz Surbeck Biddle
    Featuring works by Tomoko Abe, Liz Surbeck Biddle, Ellen Hackl Fagan, and Jackie Welsh
    Dates: Opening reception Friday March 17, 6-8 pm. This exhibition runs thru April 16, 2017
    https://www.airgallery.org


    Seeking the Sound of Cobalt Blue Spacecraft 2017
    ink, acrylic, pigment on museum board 60 x 108



    Real Art Ways

    Into the Blue Again


    Ellen Hackl Fagan, Seeking the Sound of Cobalt Blue_Big Blue_detail, 2016,
    ink, pigment, acrylic on museum board, two boards measuring 48 x 96 inches each.


    Dates: November 17, 2016 - February 19, 2017
    Into the Blue Again, is a solo exhibition of Hackl Fagan's saturated blue paintings on paper. Exploring the nature of synaesthesia through immersive environments, Fagan works with a saturated blue pigment, and employs printmaking, and photo-gramming gestures. She positions the paintings as if they’re hovering, just barely off the floor, horizontally.

    Real Art Ways , in Hartford, CT is mainstay institution in New England, at the forefront of alternative multidisciplinary arts and innovative exhibitions, now celebrating its 40th anniversary year. There are four galleries exhibiting artists' works, three solo exhibitions, and one group exhibition, curated by David Borawski. Kurt Steger's Scribing the Void, presented initially at ODETTA this past summer, is also a solo exhibition.

    Real Art Ways is open daily 2-9 pm, and by appointment. Please refer to Real Art Ways  for dates and detail of related events to take place during the run of this exhibition.

     

    ODETTA presents

    Thomas Lendvai



    Dates: January 6 – February 26, 2017
    Opening Reception: Friday January 6, 6-8 pm
    Artists Talk: Sunday February 12 at 3:00 pm

    ODETTA presents

    Bauhaus Babies


    Dates: October 21 - December 18, 2016
    Opening Reception: Saturday Oct 22 from 6-9 pm
    Event: Sluice Art Fair's Exchange Rates; Oct 21-23 featuring London based artists Deb Covell and Brigitte Parusel of Saturation Point as our Flat File featured artists.
    Artists Talk: Sunday December 4, at 3:00 pm


    ODETTA presents

    Debra Ramsay: HUE[S]PACE



    Dates: September 9 - October 9, 2016
    Opening Reception: Friday September 9, 6-8 pm
    Artists Talk: Sunday October 2, 3pm



     

    ODETTA presents

    Kurt Steger: Scribing the Void



    Dates: July 7- Aug 21, 2016
    Opening Reception: Thursday, July 7, 2016
    With special guests: Original sound composition by RSM
    Event: Hot Summer Nights, Friday July 15, 6-9 pm
    Artists Talk: Sunday July 24 at 4:00 pm


    Kurt Steger, Scribing the Void, 2016



     

    ODETTA presents

    Child's Play



    Dates: Friday June 3, 6-8 pm
    Opening Reception: Friday June 3, 6-8 pm
    Event: Hot Summer Nights, Friday June 17 6-9 pm
    Artists Talk: Sunday June 19, 4:00 pm


    Eileen-Weitzman



    The Reverse Color Organ
    Creative Tech Week
    April 29-May 22 at ODETTA
    http://creativetechweek.nyc; http://odettagallery.com
    and
    FLUXFair_2016 in Marcus Garvey Park; Harlem, NY
    May 3-31, 2016
    http://fluxfair.nyc


    Ellen Hackl Fagan, RCO
    http://reversecolororgan.com



     

    ODETTA presents

    If This, Then What?



    Dates: April 29 - May 22, 2016
    Opening Reception: Friday April 29, 6-8 pm
    Concert: Drone; Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8-10 pm
    Artists Talk: Sunday May 1, 3-5 pm


    Jeff Becker Flag Privacy Archival Inkjet 13x19

     

    ODETTA presents

    Rattle & Hummmmmm



    Dates: March 18 and will run thru April 17
    Opening Reception: Friday March 18, 6-8 pm
    Artists Talk: Sunday, April 3 at 3 pm


    Nancy Baker
    Eating Mist-Detail, 2016, acrylic paint, archival digital prints mounted and glued on board, site specific installation, overall dimensions approximately 10 x 25 feet x 6 inches



    Lazuli, Ground Floor Gallery,
    Brooklyn, NY. Enrico Gomez, Curator.
    February 11-28, 2016
    Opening reception: Friday February 19, 6-9 pm.
    Ground Floor Gallery 343 5th St., Brooklyn NY 11215
    www.groundfloorbk.com


    Ellen Hackl Fagan, Seeking the Sound of Cobalt Blue_1966, 2016, ink, pigment on rag paper, 12 x12 inches


    Disorder & Bliss, Space B,
    Curated by Joseph Fucigna,
    thru February 21, 2016
    Above ODETTA, 229 Cook Street, 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11206


    Ellen Hackl Fagan, Push, 2003, Acrylic, graphite, enamel on canvas, metal dowels, 58 x 72 inches


    Space B at NCC, The Gallery at NCC, Norwalk, CT.
    Curated by Susan Hardesty, Thru March 18, 2016


    ODETTA presents

    Heliotrope

    Dates: January 15 thru March 6, 2016
    Opening Reception: Friday January 15 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    Artists Talk: Sunday February 14 3 pm


    Jo Yarrington, Orchestrations – Detail, Site Specific Installation – Heliotrope, ODETTA, 2015, Vintage piano roles 1910 – 1925, Plexiglas, 12" width with varied lengths ranging from 4 ‘- 25’

    ODETTA is located at 229 Cook Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
    www.odettagallery.com



    Through the Rabbit Hole

    Sideshow Nation IIII, Down the Rabbit Hole
    Exhibition, Jan 9- March 20, 2016, Brooklyn, NY
    Curated by Richard Temperio and Michael David.
    http://www.sideshowgallery.com

    G
    G, 2012, ink, acrylic, enamel on clay board, 8 x 8 x 2 inches



    Industrial Comforts
    The Gallery at NCC, Norwalk, CT.
    Thursday, Jan 21 – Wednesday, March 16, 2016
    Artists Talk: Wed Feb 3, 6:30 pm
    http://www.ncc.commnet.edu/aad/facilities/#galleries


    Seeking the Sound of Cobalt Blue_Tile Capture, 2015, ink, pigment, acrylic on rag paper, 54 x 48.5 inches



    Big Small Show
    The Drawing Rooms at Victory Hall,
    December 12, 2015 - February 6, 2016
    http://drawingrooms.org


    Seeking the Sound of Cobalt Blue_Yellow, 2014, ink, acrylic, pigment on rag paper, 5 x 4 inches

     

    ODETTA presents

    Kiosk

    Friday Nov 13, 2015 thru January 3, 2016
    Opening Reception: Friday November 13, 2015 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    Artists Talk: Sunday, December 20, 2015 3 pm


    Linda Cunningham
    Engineering Avant-garde

    ODETTA is located at 229 Cook Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
    www.odettagallery.com



    INDUSTRIAL COMFORTS
    Space B

    229 Cook Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11206

    Opening Reception: October 24 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Hours: Sunday October 25th 1:00- 4:00 pm, Friday October 30th 8:30 - 10:00 pm, Saturday October 31 1:00- 4:00 pm, Sunday November 1 1:00-4:00 pm, Saturday November 7 1:00- 4:00 pm, Sunday November 8 1:00 - 4:00 pm
    Closing Party: Friday November 13th 8:00 - 10:00pm
    https://www.facebook.com/bushwickspaceB?success=1


    Seeking the Sound of Cobalt Blue_Asphalt © 2015,
    pigment, ink, acrylic, rag paper, asphalt roofing shingles, gaffers tape, ceramic tiles 96 x 108 inches


     

    Shared Resources
    Curated by Debbie Hesse
    Perspectives......the Gallery at Whitney Center
    Hamden, CT
    Show dates: September 19, 2015- Jan 2, 2016

    Reception: Saturday, September 19 from 3-5pm with talks from 2-3 pm
    for more info/directions:
    http://www.newhavenarts.org/category/perspectives/


    MoleculesofMusic, 2014, ink, acrylic, enamel on clay board, 36 x 48 x 2 inches



    Artwork is available on commission.  Please contact the artist for more info:  artistfagan@gmail.com