PST is a large-scale painting that takes the Pearl Street Triangle as its canvas.
Painted over the course of five days, the artist, David Ellis, improvised the design as he added new layers onto the Triangle each day to achieve the final image. Immersed in the traditions of jazz, hip-hop and street art, Ellis’ work is often improvised, collaborative and can be seen painted onto the walls of buildings, barns and trucks.
Recorded with stop motion photography from the tops of nearby buildings by over the course of its five-day-long installation, a time-lapse video of PST’s creation was edited together to create a final motion painting of the work.
Born in 1971 in Raleigh, North Carolina, David Ellis received a BFA from the Cooper Union in New York City and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Ellis came into prominence in the early 2000s as a member of Barnstormers, the renown art collective originating in the artist’s hometown of Cameron, North Carolina. He has received acclaim for his motion paintings, kinetic sculptures, and installations. He was recently awarded the prestigious New York 2011 PULSE Prize at PULSE New York.
His installations have been featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV, Rice University Gallery, Houston, TX; Joshua Liner Gallery, New York; Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; P.S.1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY; Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH; Tidal, Osaka, Japan; and Deitch Projects, New York.