White Cube Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings and drawings by the New York artist Ellen altfest. The exhibition includes works created over the past five years. These are figurative compositions with a dose of surrealism. Using carefully crafted details — much more than the human eye can see — the artist transforms the natural world into an abstract landscape of dreams.
New works have become a reference to the traditional Japanese form of "shung". These are erotic prints common in medieval Japan during the Edo era. Basically, these were xylographs depicting sex scenes whose members wear kimonos, revealing only fragments of bodies.
Ellen Altfest was born in 1970 in New York. She graduated from Yale University. Held solo exhibitions at the New Museum, New York; Stock Chinati, Texas and White Cube, London. Received a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship. Lives and works in New York.