Home Home, Sweet Again
November 13– December 12, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, November 13, 7:00–11:00pm
1620 Waterloo Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Gallery hours: by appointment
Underground Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by artist Sophia Allison featuring sewn mixed-media sculpture and installations. The title reflects the idea of returning to one’s origins and addressing the mental connections/disconnections of revisiting the past, the fragmentation of memories and experiences that meld together and alter over time. Sewing in her work is a way of mark-making and building tactile surface textures.
Allison’s imagery is inspired by the organic environs of her childhood home in the mountains of Western North Carolina. She examines issues of age and wear on the environment and reflects on experiences and emotions specifically connected to location. “Blue Ridge” is a 3 ½' x 4' structure built out of cardboard scraps that undulates like a mountain range. The structure is covered with hundreds of straight pins that have a small circle of painted watercolor paper meticulously glued to the top of each, giving the illusion of color variations across a range of mountains.
In “Pop-Up,” she crafts a small camper out of watercolor paper, fabric and other materials. The sculpture contains small sewn, rounded shapes filled with thread and green fabric scraps--references to natural elements--that spill out of the interior and onto the ground.
In Allison’s sewn pictorials, she places a printed digital image on fabric and repetitively sews through the paper, forcing it into the cloth fibers and simultaneously destroying it. Parts of the image are recreated with thread on the opposite side of the material. The effect is two-fold: on one side, the landscape is clearly articulated; on the other, the paper image is obliterated, leaving loose threads and uneven textures. Allison’s work processes are methodical, meditative and labor-intensive.
For more information, please contact Armando H. Torres, 213.341.0008, email@example.com or visit http://www.undergroundgallery.org/