Elisa Pritzker is an Argentine born American artist working in two- and three-dimensional art along with installations. She has exhibited at MoMA, Queens Museum, Dorsky Museum, Skirball Museum, Akin Museum, Espronceda Barcelona, K-Salon Berlin, United Nations/F.99 in large and small group exhibitions. Throughout her career she has had the privilege of being featured in many solo exhibits at various museums and art spaces such as the Hudson Valley MOCA [formerly HVCCA Museum], Hammond Museum, Saletta Kinzica Art Gallery in Italy, Casa Argentina in Jerusalem, Arte x Arte/Luz & Alfonso Castillo Foundation in Buenos Aires.
Pritzker participated in the 2015 Jerusalem Biennale and 2015/16 Iceland Biennale. Her art was included at the Affordable Art Fairs in New York City and London UK, London Biennale/Creative Village Medienparty in Berlin Germany, Pinta Fair New York City, Fountain Art Fair New York City, and arteBA in Buenos Aires. She was selected as the US artist representative for The Pyramids of Naxos environmental art project at the 2004 Greece Olympics. From 2004 to 2012, she was represented by Franklin 54 Gallery in New York City. Currently, she exhibits with several galleries and institutions not only in the United States but abroad.
Collected privately worldwide, Pritzker’s artwork is in the permanent collections of Jean Cherqui Art Collection, Paris & New York; Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn New York; Dorsky Museum, New Paltz New York; Argentine Consulate, New York City; Jerusalem Biennale, Jerusalem Israel; Iceland Art Biennale, Iceland; Wiseman Gallery/Rogue Community College, Grants Pass Oregon; SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge New York; The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, New York City; Global Art Project, Tucson Arizona; Luz & Alfonso Castillo Foundation, Buenos Aires; Espronceda, Barcelona Spain; Drukpa Barcelona, Spain; and Hammond Museum, North Salem New York.
My Paintings and Prints offer fresh mixes of abstraction and design, using both imprints and direct painting in my new work. The impact of Covid with no access to printing presses prompted me to return to printing with stencils. These “Florascapes” of falling flower shadows have been part of my art practice since I fell in love in the 1990s with the French art of Poichor and its use of stencils. Fusing the drama of shadows and flat negative-shaped silhouettes, flower shadows imply the lyrical afterlife and afterglow of the imagery that imparts a lasting imprint upon us.
Besides the lush complexity of plant life, the reflections of plants in water which create abstractions of rippling forms intrigue me as well, appearing in my paintings in shimmering metallics. Blending different mediums of drawing, watercolor, photography, and printmaking offers me the surprise of discovery I love to find in my work about nature. GardenSpirits have been a unifying theme throughout my art career. Inspired by my mother’s personna and her real name “Flora Bloom,” I have always gravitated towards painting nature, bringing her spirit closer to me!
Zippers and fasteners are commonly popular gadgets that join two sides of fabric, leather and numerous other materials. They are utilized in the fashion industry, accessories and many other everyday items. Zippers and fasteners increase or decrease the size of an opening to allow or restrict the access of objects, join or separate two ends, attach or detach separable parts, and connect / disconnect things.
Personally, I see them as very intriguing devices. They produce in me a sense of wonder and discovery. The artworks from this collection come up to my mind unexpectedly and enigmatically. They seem to be translating my point of view about the stages in life and nature, the daring to quietly observe what it is and what is beyond what we can see at first glance. The audacity needed to be closing the known and opening to the new.
As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: "2021."
We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.