Opening September 8 – November 11, 2012, mixed media artist Gwen Samuels will feature her new works in Dress Code at the Lois Lambert Gallery.
In this exhibit, Samuels’ will focus on how various elements of fashion and architecture have a great deal in common. Both provide protection and shelter, and both refer to the body while providing a means to express identity. Samuels’ dress works are composed of architectural details reduced to geometric shapes and colored patterns. Each piece is printed on a transparent surface interacting with light, with fastidious hand-stitches holding it together. Dresses float and drift on the gallery wall recalling distant memories of ‘dress up,’ now transformed as an adult into the many guises of womanhood.
Samuels work has been exhibited widely, including solo shows 100, one of a kind, hand-stitched pieces, for the Los Angeles Art Association auction (2010) and Stitches, at Project_210 in Pasadena (2009). Recent group shows include Come In Les Femmes at the A+ D Museum; How Technology is Changing the Face of Photography, in conjunction with MOPA in Los Angeles (2012); LA Juried Exhibition at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (2010), Unwearables at LAX Airport (2010) and a collaboration project with Donna Sternberg Dancers and a resulting show in Culver City (2010).
Samuels holds a BFA from Syracuse University and currently lives and works in Santa Monica, California. She has been exhibiting since 2004. Visit www.gwensamuels.com for more information.