This collaborative three-person exhibition includes the sewn relief work and installation of Sophia Allison , the conceptual work of Rebecca Lowry , and installations by Ivo Vergara . The title reflects the ideas of memory, change over time, and the fragmentation of past and present experience addressed in the works each artist has produced expressly for this exhibit.
Allison's imagery is drawn from the organic environs of her childhood home in the mountains of Western North Carolina . Her work processes are methodical, meditative and labor intensive. Placing a printed digital image on fabric, she repetitively sews through the paper, forcing it into the fibers of the fabric and destroying the paper, recreating the image 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. Sewing plays a large role in her work. It is a way of mark-making and building tactile surface textures.
Rebecca Lowry's work examines the relationships between texts, objects and actions as a means of modifying and reinforcing associations already inherent in them. In this sense, she sees her work as a form of object-based poetry. Time and discontinuity play a role in her work. Just as some ideas transcend time and others fade with the moment, a single object can encompass many associations, some to the present day and others to the distant pass. For this exhibition, Lowry focuses on ideas and associations inherent in the quilt as an object that carries within it significance acquired through its production; inherent in its structure; gained through its use; and implied by its eventual demise.
Ivo Vergara's work explores the organic relationship of alternative worlds, combining a variety of mediums to create his vision in which he invites the viewer to experience a parallel perception of reality. His site-specific installation is based on a collection of images he has created over the past 20 years that supports the overall structure. This piece interacts with the space to create a visual into the inner/outer dream-like state of being. As a metaphor, the representation of memory is based on the structure of a book. As Vergara states, “The world is fragmented into images that we put together through memory. Language is an incantation of memories and books their guardian.”
Please join us for the opening reception of this exceptional exhibition on Saturday, July 11th, 2009, 6 – 10 pm.
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Sophia Allison earned an MFA in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BFA from East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) in 1996. She works in a variety of media including drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. Her work has been in several exhibitions within the U.S and abroad including Kitsch Catch in both Lille and Sete, France; American Artists and Their Tour of Korea in Seoul at the Insa Art Center and Gallery Ann, the juried annual Southern California Open Show exhibitions (2004-2008) at the Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 and the group exhibition Liminal at Phantom Galleries in Pasadena, CA. Her work was featured on the cover of the publication New American Paintings, Western Edition #42, juried by Michael Auping, Chief Curator of Museum of Modern Art at Fort Worth, TX. In 2006, she was one of six artists who created “Sweater,” a collaborative installation directed by artist Tim Hawkinson. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Trained as an architect, Rebecca Lowry has been pursuing an independent fine art practice since 2003. A native of Northern California, Lowry lived nearly a decade in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned degrees at Boston University and Harvard's Design School. While living in Zurich, Switzerland, Rebecca worked at the firm of Herzog & de Meuron which strongly influenced her engagement in visual art. She now makes her home in the Los Angeles Warehouse District. Her work has been exhibited in group shows throughout the Southland, including a previous three person show, Not There, There, at Lawrence Asher Gallery (2008) and a solo show, Some Poems, at Kristi Engle Gallery (2009). Lowry is currently a lecturer at the University of Southern California's School of Architecture.
Ivo Vergara was born in Santiago, Chile, and has been a visual artist for over twenty years. He has exhibited in some of South America's major museums in Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Vergara was invited to have his first solo exhibition in the U.S. In 1992. In 2000, he was selected to exhibit paintings at the Latin American Art Museum's 9th Anniversary Show in Miami. Vergara has continued to produce and exhibit in the U.S. His base is Los Angeles. He was awarded a fellowship through the Foundation Valparaiso Residence program to continue work on his “Life Vessels Series” paintings in Almeria, Spain (2003). He produced a site-specific installation piece for Miami Art Basel 2006; “Cerebral Architecture 1” (4.500 square ft), combining mural painting, sculptures, light and sound sculpture with a poem recited in 11 languages. In 2007, Vergara created a 400 sq. ft. site-specific installation piece for the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles, “Cerebral Architecture 2,” as part of TarFest. He is currently working on a series of ideas for public art interventions in the U.S. and Europe and continues to create paintings and sculpture prototypes to be produced on large scale.
Please join us for this special Artists' Reception on Saturday, August 8th, 2009, 7 – 10 pm.