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Ellen Harvey commission Locks Gallery

Repeat (St. Amalberga, Bossuit, Belgium) (details), 2013. Partially demolished church, terrazzo, 16.4 m (54 ft.) x 24.8 m (81 ft.). Commissioned by the Municipality of Avelgem in collaboration with the Vlaams Bouwmeester Team. Architect: Pol Sileghem & Partners. Terrazzo fabrication: Nino Tondat. Photograph: Ria Pacquee.

Ellen Harvey commission Locks Gallery

Repeat (St. Amalberga, Bossuit, Belgium) (details), 2013. Partially demolished church, terrazzo, 16.4 m (54 ft.) x 24.8 m (81 ft.). Commissioned by the Municipality of Avelgem in collaboration with the Vlaams Bouwmeester Team. Architect: Pol Sileghem & Partners. Terrazzo fabrication: Nino Tondat. Photograph: Ria Pacquee.

Ellen Harvey commission Locks Gallery

Mathematical Star, 2013. Twenty foot diameter, ceramic mosaic. Floor mosaic for the new Marcy Plaza in Brooklyn, NY. Design based on common quilt pattern using patterns derived from photographs of 18 historically significant sites in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Commissioned by the Percent for Art Program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Photograph: Etiene Frosard

Ellen Harvey commission Locks Gallery

Reforestation, installation view at the Internal Revenue Office, Andover, MA, 2013. Mouth-blown glass, sandblasted and filled with opaque ceramic melting colors, laminated to industrial float glass mirrors, 161 x 316 inches

Ellen Harvey commission Locks Gallery

Reforestation, installation view at the Internal Revenue Office, Andover, MA, 2013. Mouth-blown glass, sandblasted and filled with opaque ceramic melting colors, laminated to industrial float glass mirrors, 161 x 316 inches

Ellen Harvey commission Locks Gallery

Fossils, installation view at the Internal Revenue Service, Andover, MA, 2012. Commissioned by Art in Architecture. Marble, three elements: 33 x 98 x 49 inches, 31 x 66 x 36 inches, 29 x 50 x 42 inches

Ellen Harvey commission Locks Gallery

Fossils, installation view at the Internal Revenue Service, Andover, MA, 2012. Commissioned by Art in Architecture. Marble, three elements: 33 x 98 x 49 inches, 31 x 66 x 36 inches, 29 x 50 x 42 inches

Ellen Harvey commission Locks Gallery

Fossils, installation view at the Internal Revenue Service, Andover, MA, 2012. Commissioned by Art in Architecture. Marble, three elements: 33 x 98 x 49 inches, 31 x 66 x 36 inches, 29 x 50 x 42 inches

Ellen Harvey commission Locks Gallery

You Are Here, Jan Baracz / Ellen Harvey, 2013 (detail). An original work commissioned and owned by the City of Philadelphia for the Philadelphia International Airport. 48 glass panels, each 33. ½” (85.1 cm) x 116 5/16" (295.4 cm) glass panels  (1,299 sq. ft (121 sqm.)) airbrushed with ceramic melting colors and sandblasted, steel clips. Photo: Jan Baracz.

Ellen Harvey commission Locks Gallery

A blueprint-colored digitally manipulated aerial photograph of the flight approach to the Philadelphia International Airport, with a red arrow indicating the final destination of travelers, is sandblasted into forty-eight windows of the airport’s new Terminal F allowing travelers to locate themselves and their flight experience.

Ellen Harvey commission Locks Gallery

You Are Here, Jan Baracz / Ellen Harvey, 2013 (detail). An original work commissioned and owned by the City of Philadelphia for the Philadelphia International Airport. 48 glass panels, each 33. ½” (85.1 cm) x 116 5/16" (295.4 cm) glass panels  (1,299 sq. ft (121 sqm.)) airbrushed with ceramic melting colors and sandblasted, steel clips. Photo: Jan Baracz.

Artist Bio

Ellen Harvey was born in the United Kingdom and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work challenges the way we look at traditional iconography through surprising installations and projects that call attention to the personal, social, or physical conditions under which we understand and view images. Harvey’s paintings, installations, multi-media works, and projects experiment with collections, exhibition formats, and new modes of looking.

She is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program and took part in the P.S.1 National Studio Program. Harvey has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and internationally and was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Recent solo museum exhibitions include The Nudist Museum at the Bass Museum, Miami Beach; Ruins are More Beautiful at the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art; The Unloved at the Groeningemuseum, Bruges; Mirror at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and A Whitney for the Whitney at Philip Morris at the former Whitney Museum at Altria.

Harvey continues to gain notoriety for her large-scale commissions, having been invited to permanently install mosaics by both the New York and Chicago Transit Authorities. She recently completed projects for the Federal Government’s Art in Architecture program at the Internal Revenue Service building in Andover, New York’s Percent for Art in the new Marcy Plaza in Brooklyn, Terminal F at the Philadelphia International Airport (in collaboration with Jan Baracz), and the historic site of St. Amalberga Chuch in Bossuit, Belgium.

Her book, The New York Beautification Project, was published by Gregory Miller in 2005 and Ellen Harvey: Mirror was published by the Pennsylvania Academy in 2006. Harvey’s exhibition at the Groeningemuseum is accompanied by a new publication, The Unloved, and her ongoing project The Museum of Failure will be published by Gregory Miller & Co. in Spring 2015.