Eli Gfell is a local Cleveland sculptor who uses found and re-purposed building materials for his works. Gfell believes that we are constantly constructing and reconstructing the spaces that we individually and collectively occupy. In our contemporary consumer culture, huge amounts of materials get wasted and materials are mass produced on a global scale by hugely powerful corporations. Materials tend to be processed, synthetic, and often imitate other materials. Eventually they all fall apart. Gfell creates work that exists somewhere in between object, image, and architecture. With reused, unused, or unusable materials, Gfell examines traditional notions of value, commodity, and permanence. Gfell hopes to reveal how a thrown-away society is built, using what it has thrown away to do so.
Gfell received his BFA in Painting and Sculpture at Kent State University. He is currently the Exhibitions Project Manager at MOCA Cleveland and Exhibition Organizer at H Space, an independent studio and exhibition space in Cleveland, OH. Gfell has also worked as an Art Handler and Preparator at local Cleveland gallery spaces.
Gfell has had solo exhibitions at The Sculpture Center (2018, Cleveland, OH) and 425 Gallery (2014, Kent, OH), as well as group exhibitions at H Space (2016, 2017, Cleveland, OH), Forum Art Space (2017, Cleveland, OH), The Sculpture Center (2016, 2017, Cleveland, OH), Slavic Village (2016, 2017, Cleveland, OH), 425 Gallery (2013, 2015, Kent, OH), and Bone Black Gallery (2015, Austin, TX).