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The Journal Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Jeff Elrod "Echo Paintings." This is Elrod's first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Having spent the past five years living and working in Marfa, Texas, Elrod's "Echo Paintings" look to digital tools as a means to influence and produce works which reflect the sparse physical landscape in which they were created. Based on sketches made in MacPaint and Illustrator, the paintings represent Elrod's interest in creating unintended results through something as structured as a computer and the programs utilized. Edited from hundreds of sketches referencing the idea of automatic drawing, the large-scale works in "Echo Paintings" display something faintly recognizable, such as letterforms that stop short of becoming words, appearing to tumble down the canvas. In this exhibition, Elrod, for the first time, uses large format printing onto canvas to scale up his drawings, producing several paintings that are fully realized through the technology that was once just a starting point for his work.

Jeff Elrod was born in 1966 in Dallas, Texas and lives and works in Marfa, Texas and Brooklyn, New York. Recent exhibitions include “Eagles” at Marlborough, Madrid, Spain (2012); “Mix/Remix” at Luhring Augustine, New York (2012); “Letters from the Sky” at Galerie Jean-Luc + Takako Richard, Paris, France (2011); and “The Flower Thief” at Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, Texas (2010). His work is included in the permanent collections of The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Hirschorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas; and the Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas.