Pat Ast PillowRegular price $350.00
Pat Ast Pillow, 2016
20 x 28 x 6.5 in
Gellman’s scrap cloth pillows are another form of hierarchical disruption, using cloth to create portraits and still-lifes to be completed with stuffing rather than stretcher bars. The social life of these objects further unsettles their position in the world. As useful objects, they will be sat and spilled on, attacked by the family dog, exchanged when they no longer go with the decor. Gellman’s pillows literally sit within the genre with which they are depicted. His flowers sit within the still life of the living room, becoming part of the scene in which they are placed. His portrait pillows become people sitting on the couch, producing a scene in real life which is recreated on canvas. The pillows create a mise en abyme, a scene within the scene, a genre painting within everyday life. The portraits represent people who are/have been important to Gellman, allowing him to create his own exalted (historical) collection.