"Small Things/Te Voglat"
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.