Take Five: Series 3
The AndrewShire Gallery is pleased to present Take Five: Series 3; the third exhibition in the series will feature the work by Chad Attie and Ashley Hagen.
This series of two and three-person exhibitions feature Los Angeles-based artists and the improvisational interplay of their artworks. Although the exhibitions are not thematically based, there is an interesting exchange between each artist and their work.
Take Five: Series 3 is the third in a series of exhibitions at the AndrewShire Gallery presenting some of the most interesting and compelling Los Angeles-based artists. Both Attie and Hagen explore narratives that are personal explorations of past, present and future. The artists explore personal discoveries through their own unique visual language that informs the viewer yet intrigues them to see more.
Southern-California based artists Attie and Hagen will each present new work for the exhibition, each creating individual shows.
In Chad Attie’s dense assemblages, expansive themes are explored from a very personal perspective. This autobiographical element, rooted in the cultural and ethnic diversity of Los Angeles where he lives and works, brings an emotional weight and compelling intimacy to his works. Accordingly, Attie's works draw their inspiration from a diverse range of sources, from art history to theme-park rides, movies to thrifts stores, and express the intense feeling associated with relationships, childhood memories, and the experience of the city. Yet other issues running through the works are universal - the construction and performance of gender identity, the exploration of social customs and conventions, and the nature of the male gaze in these arenas.
By building up and tearing away layers of imagery, Attie evokes the complexity of the lived experience of personal and shared history, the collaged layers at times harmonious, at others violently dissonant. Materials – vintage paintings, panels of needlepoint, plastic toys, porcelain figurines – are obsessively, relentlessly subjected to layering, juxtaposing, and repurposing as if to underscore Attie’s primal quest – a restless yearning to return to a pure childhood state free from sadness and loss.
Attie has created two bodies of work for this exhibition. The first is based on the 1975 film, Picnic at Hanging Rock, directed by Peter Weir, aptly, itself a multi-layered work as the film was adapted from a novel that was in turn based on a Victorian painting. Like the various versions of Picnic at Hanging Rock, Attie’s work explores the tensions and restrictions of social customs, deconstructing and reassembling a story of the mysterious disappearance of a group of schoolgirls and their teacher on a school trip in 1900.
The second initiates an ongoing series titled, Islands. The first piece in this series, The Matterhorn, is loosely based on Disneyland’s famous rollercoaster ride of the same name. In this depiction, the artificial mountain can be seen as an allegory for a life lived, built from childhood memories and adult experience. A child builds his first sandcastles, a youth his first loves, and the building continues on into adulthood, creating a composite structure in which these original experiences are contained, surrounded by the newer, often more traumatic experiences of later life. All of this can be imagined as encased inside the mountain’s ride.
Ashley Hagen will also present new work for the exhibition. Hagen forms her work from a personal narrative that often explored her past on the Iowa farm she grew up on. This farm however was atypical. Hagen’s father and mother, who an artist herself, created a unique environment for Hagen creating a fertile place for her to explore her vivid imagination.
In her work Hagen often recreates places from her childhood. Her bedroom, the living room, the house she lived, which all have become subject matters for her intricate sculptures. These sculptural works are three-dimensional manifestations of her memories. She plays like a child in her own art. Her newest piece titled Layer Cake follows a series of large sculptural works that are created with shipping pallets. Hagen creates both exterior and interior adornments to these pallets creating both outside and inside worlds for the viewer to explore. At first glance the form of Layer Cake appears reminiscent of a wedding cake, upon further investigation the architectural elements both large and small reveal themselves. The miniature worlds inside the sculpture are elements from her childhood home combined with actual places Hagen has been to or places of passage where she once was either in reality or from her dreams. When looking through the window on top of the sculpture the attic is revealed along with many secret passageways, doors, windows and stairs to nowhere.
Like memory, these spaces aren't always clear, they are fragments of time and space. Her work, as she states, “examines the underlying resonance of childhood: limitlessness, inventiveness, mystery, imagination, adventure and possibility.”
AndrewShire Gallery is dedicated to the development and exhibition of innovative contemporary art works by international and local talents. In addition to its Los Angeles location, the gallery established an alternative space in Singapore in 2006. AndrewShire continues to push the international envelope while remaining an integral part of the local community. The gallery is located at 3850 Wilshire Boulevard #107, Los Angeles, CA 90010. AndrewShire Gallery, Singapore, is located at 63 Hillview Avenue #10-13, Lamb soon Building, Singapore, 669569.