Long Beach, CA—Sunday, December 11th from 5-7pm artist Kate Sikorski’s solo exhibition “Uninhibited” opens at Max L. Gatov Gallery. Sikorski covers assemblage sculptures of salvaged wood and commercial patterned fabric with lacey, delicate drawings of local female surfers in urban coastal environments.
Sikorski’s work has been featured on AmericanArtistMagazine.com, Inertia.com, Women’s Surf and Style magazine, Ashes to Orange Peels magazine, and as the homepage image for the website of LA gallery, PsZask. Her work is part of private collections and has been exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Orange County, New York, and South Korea (upcoming 2012).
An important aspect of Sikorski’s work involves interacting with her community—contracting elements of her work to a local sticker manufacturer and a laser cutting studio. She meets her models in the water at local surf spots and builds her drawing substrates out of discarded wood found in alleys and the sites of condemned buildings. Through utilizing cheap, readily available commercial fabric, Sikorski’s art also references her upbringing in Orange County—an area abundant with malls, which provide access to globally produced sweatshop goods. In this way, Sikorski’s work not only reflects the space she inhabits, but also her own era.
In one piece, a Muslim woman floats in space atop a longboard, flashing a smile with the confidence of Rosie the Riveter. The pier sheltering her wrenches up and takes off in different perspectival directions. In another piece, a recent immigrant from Mexico reaches back to tug the zipper pull of her wetsuit. She is frozen in the “S” curve pose of a pin-up model, but the most sexualized areas of her body disintegrate into the background in desaturated warms and cools. Fabric wrapped protrusions in other areas of the sculpture distract from her body as if to preserve her modesty.
Max L. Gatov Gallery is on East Campus Drive, off 7th street/ the end of the 22 freeway. The public can park by permit or meters in lots 7, 8, and 8A.
Gallery hours are: Sunday, December 11th: 5-7pm
Mon-Thurs, December 12th-15th: 12pm-5pm