Ellen Lake’s video projects connect obsolete technology and the ever-widening range of technological media available today. She often combines vintage home movies with digital media today to explore lingering nostalgia and the fluid nature of time and space. Her work fuses past and present within solitary photographs and within contemporary video, playing with the visual cues we use to establish time and place. In “Country Road,” Lake creates a minute long short combining a 16 mm home movie shot in 1939 with a series of magical roads for a short journey into the future of possibility. Who doesn’t like a road trip?
Lake received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California in 2002, where she studied sculpture, painting, film & video, and installation. She is a recipient of a 2012 Residency Award at Stanford University’s Experimental Media Arts Lab, 2009 Sarah Jacobson Film Grant and 2005/2006 Bay Area Video Coalition’s Mediamaker Award. Work from her latest series combining vintage home movies from the 1930s/1940s with cell phone and digital media today has shown at Interface Gallery, Walker Art Center, Exit Art, Crawl Space, Everson Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum, Aurora Picture Show, Sumter Gallery of Art, AC [Institute Direct Chapel], Kala Art Institute, and the Disposable Film Festival.
More information about Ellen Lake can be found at www.ellenlake.com