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Gloria Alford

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Jaded
Jaded Princes Ancient Circuit Boards 6 X 3 X 1.5 Feet
Ocean03
Ocean Acrylic on Canvas 30 X 30 Inches
Ocean02
Ocean Acrylic on Canvas
Untitled
Untitled Acryclic on Canvas
Abstract01
Abstract, 2010 Acrylic on Canvas 30 X 40 Inches
Targetpractice
Target Practice Acrylic on Paper 30 X 40 Inches (framed)
Weeds
Weeds, 2009 Acrylic on Paper 22 X 30 Inches
Abstract02
Abstract Acrylic on Canvas Quartet, 24 X 24 Inches
25goldpieces
25 Gold Pieces, 2007 Acrylic on Canvas 12 X 12 Inches
Kimonaredsleeves
Kimono Red Sleeves 30 X 40 Inches
Fiveeasy
Five Easy Pieces Acrylic on Canvas 16 X 16 Inches
Jaded
Jaded Princess Ancient Circuit Boards 6 X 3 X 1.5 Feet
Amazon
The Amazon and the Escape of the Unicorn Mixed Media
Bizarre
The Ego Like a Bizarre Balloon Rises Upward Plastic on Cloth
Brief
Brief Eternity Plastic on Fabric
Garden
I Have Always Lived in a Garden Plastic on Cloth
Geode
The Nuclear Family Geode Acrylic on Plaster
Harmonia
Harmonia Kosmik Plastic on Fabric
Mesolitithic
Cave Painting Plastic on Fabric
Rockdancer
Rock Dancers Plastic on Fabric 30 X 40 Inches
Solar
The Solar Sound Landscape Metal, Plastic
Wave
The Wave of the Past/Future Plastic on Fabric
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Constellation Acrylic on Canvas 30 X 40 Inches
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Jaded Princess 1 X 6 X 2.5 Feet
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Gloria_alford
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Chicago
Lives in
Santa Cruz
Works in
Santa Cruz
Schools
University of California Berkeley
Cabrillo Community College
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Tags
mixed media, paper maker mixed-media, mixed-media, landscape, abstract, conceptual, sculpture
The Jaded Princess

EXHIBIT PROPOSAL

 

Chips & Hieroglyphs: Reimagining Art History

 

The Portfolio

 

This portfolio [available on request] contains multiple photographs and detailed explanations of 10 works proposed for exhibit. It begins with the show’s centerpiece, “The Jaded Princess.” This life-size burial suit faithfully duplicates the original (Han Dynasty, 140 B.C.) with one exception; the figure is not covered in Chinese Jade but enclosed in 2400 green circuit boards (c. 1970 A.D., Silicon Valley), including a skullcap of bomb detonators. The 10 mixed media works which lead up to the “Princess” are also described and accompanied by photographs. A resume concludes the portfolio.

 

Exhibit Theme

 

As implied in the title, each of the pieces uses contemporary materials—computer chips, moldable plastic, early computer readouts, and solar cells, among others— to reimagine 10 ancient and world-renowned works from the cultures of China, Africa, Egypt, Japan, Greece, and France (Mesolithic and medieval  eras). Each piece represents a pivotal moment in the history of art—now freshly considered.

 

Artist Inspiration

 

Gloria Alford began the series in the 1970s, under the influence of the first waves of Silicon Valley innovation, and in the last 30 years she has continued to be influenced by living in the vicinity of technological advance. In creating these sculptures she found pleasure in ranging over centuries of art history, and in paying homage to works that resonate in surprising ways, both physically and metaphysically, with our own moment.

 

Educational Value

 

The new sculptures draw fresh attention to, and expand upon, history, present-day materials helping to clarify the intended meanings of another age. Viewers grasp that they are much like those who lived and created long ago, and learn that the dialogue between past and present, present and past, is ongoing and vital . Self-explanatory icons, (such as those covering the Egyptian stela), allow immediate understanding. The exhibit also reflects the blending of cultures that will be the hallmark of the 21st century, including the West’s spiritual interest in the East and global communication. (One could also mention the enveloping wave.) Viewers receive historical context and artistic comment.

 

Audience

 

Past audiences of this work have been of all ages and from widely varied backgrounds. The work’s humor, textures, and occasional pop reference make it highly accessible. The ancient is within reach of all, as these new images dialogue with the old. For the public, technology proves able to awaken ancient art, to bridge past and future.

 

 

 

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