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Exhibition Detail
Schlaraffenland
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232


May 7th, 2010 - June 4th, 2010
Opening: 
May 7th, 2010 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
 
, Allison SommersAllison Sommers
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The Wages Of Sin, Allison SommersAllison Sommers, The Wages Of Sin
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Little Diedrich, Allison SommersAllison Sommers, Little Diedrich
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(April 15th, 2010 – Los Angeles) Thinkspace is honored to welcome back New York based artist Allison Sommers for her second solo show with our gallery, following a smaller exhibition in our project room last spring.


In this new series Sommers aims to engage with the metaphor of Schlaraffenland, the world of plenty, to explore the facets of gross abundance and to complicate what it means to take pleasure in the flesh.  In Schlaraffenland, everything and everyone is part of a grotesque banquet of plenty, and consumption of others is not a transgressive act, but rather a necessary engagement of the world around them.


There is an eroticism that charges Schlaraffenland with excitement and danger; while some creatures give themselves freely for consumption, others are trapped, tricked, or cajoled into giving bits of themselves up to the feast.  The uncertainty this creates in the relationships between her creatures, who are at once both so cheerful and dangerous, is fascinating.  It's the tension created by this ambiguity that invigorates the world of these creatures: seductive, dangerous, peculiar Schlaraffenland.


We are also excited to welcome back João Ruas for his second solo show in our project room this May. ‘III’ asks the question - what divides the sacred from the mundane? Is that a universal or a personal matter?  Can a moment, a place, or a person in your life ever be sacred? These questions were the starting point of obsessive and transforming thoughts and drawings which resulted in this series of works. Iconography obviously plays a big part in the aesthetic being explored by Ruas in ‘III’, but so do everyday life, everyday dreams and everyday fears. Sacred can give you hope and happiness. Sacred can bring you disillusionment and tears.


In our main gallery space::

Allison Sommers

‘Schlaraffenland’


Abandoning deference for playful irreverence, Allison Sommers draws on her interests in renaissance and baroque art, toying with staid motifs and trading solemnity for nose-thumbing whimsy. She delights in deconstructing the seriousness of historical tropes of art, and tempers sweetness with subtle touches of dark foreboding and sexual deviance.


Allison Sommers studied early modern history at the University of Virginia, where she was able to legitimize a lifelong love of the historical narratives and themes of the Old World, much of which continue to inform her work. She currently lives and works in New York City, where she lives with her husband, Gerrit, and their hedgehog, Ludwig. She has previously exhibited work at Ad Hoc (NYC), Gallery1988 (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Distinction Gallery (Escondido), DvA Gallery (Chicago), and at the Gen Art Vanguard New Contemporary Art Fair during Art Basel Miami in 2008 and the Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami 2009.

Artist Statement for 'Schlaraffenland':
In these works, I want to engage with the metaphor of Schlaraffenland, the world of plenty, to explore the facets of gross abundance and to complicate what it means to take pleasure in the flesh. In Schlaraffenland, everything and everyone is part of a grotesque banquet of plenty, and consumption of others is not a transgressive act but rather a necessary engagement of the world around them.

There is an eroticism-- consumption is, after all, the taking-in of the external-- that charges Schlaraffenland with excitement and danger; while some creatures give themselves freely for consumption, others are trapped, tricked, or cajoled into giving bits of themselves up to the feast. I'm fascinated by the uncertainty this creates in the relationships between my creatures, who are at once both so cheerful and dangerous. It's the tension created by this ambiguity that invigorates the world of these creatures: seductive, dangerous, peculiar Schlaraffenland.

Take a ‘Sneak Peek’ at the works for ‘Sclaraffenland’ coming together:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkspace/sets/72157623393138819/


Artist website: www.allisonsommers.com


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