Elizabeth Riley

Exhibition “2021”

Elizabeth Riley’s art addresses questions concerning the complex and changing world we inhabit and our “mixed reality,” living between physical and digital/virtual contexts. The works produced take the form of two and three dimensional wall works, installations, and tabletop cityscapes, made from video, video stills, and diverse materials. A long time New Yorker, the artist graduated from Barnard College and received an MFA from Hunter College. She was a resident at the Millay Colony, November 2020. “Ribbons Become Space,” a solo show of her work, featuring an installation including six live video elements, was presented at SL Gallery, New York City, in 2019.


I make installations, two and three dimensional wall works, and tabletop cityscapes, using video, inkjet-printed video stills, and diverse materials. My drive in my art is in looking through the video media shapes and structures I make, toward forming an embodiment of the present and future. A propelling motive has been in reaching beyond the limited roles provided for women and enforced by the social standards I encountered as a young woman and young artist. Another influence has been the raw and nurturing influence of the urban environment that’s been my home as an adult, and speaks to me continually about our direction as a society. The use of digital materials places the work in the contemporary timeframe that is defined by our “mixed reality,” living between physical and digital/virtual contexts, and the work addresses this pressing context. Is the digital present the bells and whistles of an unchanged and familiar humanity, or does it define us and the future?


Year: 2020

Materials: video stills inkjet-printed on paper

Size: 27.5 x 20 inches

Exhibition “2021”

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.

The price of each artwork is a flat $2,021,

a discounted price from the actual value of each work, offered here, exclusively.

2021: Francine Perlman
Lois Bender
Linda Kamille Schmidt