On May 5, 2012, Los Angeles Art Association will present four solo exhibits by Carolyn Applegate, Nancy Baron, Peggy Pownall and Kristine Schomaker at Gallery 825.
Carolyn Applegate's newest body of work is Incubation featuring her playful and subversive pieces created with hand dyed nylon stockings, fabric, polyester filler and malleable sculpture wire. The bendable sculpture wire allows the interactive pieces to be reconfigured by the artist and the viewer. These brightly colored whimsical pieces include both works that are suspended from the ceiling and wall pieces.
Nancy Baron's photographic series, The Good Life, Palm Springs, offers a lush look at Palm Springs, a brilliant combination of small town America and iconic resort town, with something for everyone; the perfect example of The American Dream. Baron's heightened sensibilities capture the unusual essence of this most unusual destination with a post-ironic formal precision.
Peggy Pownall's exhibit Loose Threads explores the boundaries and expectations traditionally experienced by women and the subsequent resourcefulness that allows these clever girls to manage, and even make beautiful, the imperfect edges of life. The paintings are both a tribute to the traditions of the feminine world and a critique of the limitations therein. Pownall masterfully integrates illustrations and precise words of instruction found in the vintage sewing patterns in her work - resulting in acute reminders of a time when women played a much different role in our cultural discourse.
Kristine Schomaker's ambitious Avatar installation activates text, photography, video and performance to explore notions of online identity, specifically the construction of avatars, the community they inhabit and the blurring of digital media and the physical world. Schomaker's work focuses on the complex social and cultural conventions that determine our identity. This current installation and performance is informed by years of research on avatars, social community and art collectives - such as Gertrude Stein's celebrated salons in Paris.
Reception: Saturday, May 5, 6 to 9p (runs through June 1)
Location: Gallery 825 - 825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90069
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