Arm Armature began as an obsession with armatures: the hidden structures used to display ancient fragments in museums, to hold subjects for long-exposure photography, to set broken bones with medical devices. Exploring the transitory space between absence and presence, Krakow’s work unveils the invisible support structures that elevate objects to cultural significance and quietly provide safety when we’re at our most vulnerable.
Krakow integrates photography and sculpture into “furniture-pedestals,” a translation of museum pedestals that suggest domestic vanities and have legs of their own. Her photography—also a process of embodiment and erasure—aestheticize the human arm, an appendage that becomes an object for supporting and being supported. By using studio photography—conventions used in both contemporary advertising and ancient sculpture documentation—and by employing museum display tactics, Krakow’s work reveals the posturing, transformation, and loss that armatures and display methods represent today.
Ellie Krakow is an interdisciplinary artist who earned her MFA from Hunter College and her BA through study at Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Her solo exhibitions and performances have been shown at The Skowhegan NYC Project Space, Spring/Break Art Fair, and Cuchifritos Gallery. Recent group show venues include Field Projects, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, Interstate Projects, and NARS Foundation (all NYC); outside of New York City her work has been included in the Kingston Sculpture Biennial in Kingston, NY, the Pula Film Festival in Croatia, and MMX Open Art in Berlin. Her text-based projects have been published in VECTOR Artists Journal and Drain Journal of Contemporary Art and Culture, and her artwork has been featured in BOMB, The Stranger, and Dossier Journal. She is a recipient of a Boomerang Fund for Artists Grant and has participated in residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yaddo, and Abrons Arts Center.