OVERTONES gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition
by Los Angeles artist ALEXIS WEIDIG, entitled “Small Things/Te Voglat”.
“Small Things/Te Voglat” reveals a new direction for
Weidig, who is best known for her large and lavish installations: for this
exhibition she scales her work down in size to delve deeper into a more
intimate investigation of what informs her art. Weidig’s recent sculptures are inspired by her Albanian
Orthodox heritage, stories of women in and around her family, art history,
feminism, and religious iconography.
Presented in “Small Things/Te Voglat” are pieces
that reflect Weidig’s sincere fondness for the ecstatically decorative and
celebratory iconography of the Orthodox Church and Weidgi’s own ethnic
heritage. In her new sculptures
she deconstructs both her previous materials, like furniture, as well as
imagery, such as birds: instead, now we find parts of chairs and chandeliers,
peacock feathers and bird wings, disassembled and rearranged to form an
engaging narrative with the more formal elements of her sculptures. Throughout the work, Weidig also
utilizes religious metaphors like blue glass bead eyes—an icon that offers
protection from the ‘Evil Eye’ in many Mediterranean cultures.
Works in “Small Things/Te Voglat” still continue the artist’s thread
from her room-size installations, but they also offer a more intimate view into
Weidig’s sensibility. Weidig’s accomplishments as a visual artist, in tandem
with her unique cultural perspective, give her work a powerful resonance,
ensuing in a suspension of preconceived notions in both art and culture. Her
work inspires a thirst for knowledge and discovery, while inviting the viewers
to bask in a harmony of rich colors, full textures and pleasing shapes.
Alexis Weidig received her BFA from the University
of Southern California, and her MFA from the University of California, Santa
Barbara. She has shown widely in Los Angeles, as well as nationally and
internationally. Weidig’s work is
a part of major private and public collections such as the Schnabel Family
Collection and CITI Bank Art Collection.