Elizabeth Ravn
Ledgers & Dwellers
Bungalow, Berlin
Opening Reception: 16 September 2022 18:00 to 21:00
17 September – 29 October 2022

Bungalow is pleased to present Ledgers & Dwellers, an exhibition by Berlin-based American painter Elizabeth Ravn (b. 1994, Brooklyn).

Elizabeth Ravn’s subject matter is domestic, intimate, social, seasonal, and architectural–  capturing spontaneous moments in her personal life. For the exhibition Ledgers & Dwellers, the artist focuses on the continuously morphing topography of Berlin and the interior lives of its individuals. 

In the exhibition, construction sites and scaffolding serve as studies of division and compartmentalization, in contrast to the more organic forms and gestural brushstrokes Ravn uses to paint figures and landscapes. Inside and outside of living quarters, partners, friends, animals and construction workers intermingle, calling attention to notions of coexisting and cohabitating in domestic urban space. 

At Bungalow, Ravn constructs a wall dividing the exhibition space into smaller intimate rooms. The wall is truncated, offering fragmented glimpses of paintings and the detached heads of neighboring visitors. The arrangement reflects upon the close ties between space and self, encouraging viewers to take advantage of this altered privacy and peek over to the other side.

Elizabeth Ravn was born in 1994 in Brooklyn, NY, and received a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL in 2015. Ravn moved to Berlin in 2017, quickly becoming part of the local art community, working with various artists as a studio assistant, as well as participating in exhibitions organized in project spaces and artists run spaces in the city.

Frequently collaborating with her partner, Norwegian artist Ellinor Aurora Aasgaard, she participates in various initiatives that focus on the communal aspect and exchange between artists.

Her practice is primarily focused on painting, often taking friends, family and collaborators as subjects, drawing from her public and private life. In recent years Ravn has exhibited at Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin; Kjøpmannsgata Ung Kunst (K-U-K), Trondheim; SETAREH, Berlin; Pina, Vienna, and Crybaby, for Project Space Festival Berlin. Her work will be shown in the coming months at SOX (solo) and KINDL Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin.