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The Conversation of Art, Design and the Body

Edward Cella Art + Architecture is pleased to present New Work, the gallery's second solo exhibition of drawings by acclaimed Canadian artist Cathy Daley. Daley creates black oil pastel drawings of billowing dresses and gestural silhouettes on vellum that recall the aesthetic conventions of vintage fashion and cinematic glamour. Graphic and yet lyrical, the artist's imagery draws from a repertoire of popular culture, fashion, fantasy, memory, and dream, and explores the kinesics of the dress - a looming presence in our shared cultural imaginary.

Daley's work loosely borrows from iconic images of 20th century popular culture, and delves into our inherited imaginary of the feminine. Her simple compositions allow the spontaneity of her gestural mark making to stand at the fore, and the dress itself, often disproportionately engulfing the figure around which it swells, becomes a metaphor for the elaborate cultural accretions surrounding and enveloping the feminine. Daley's work is about the pleasure of viewing, and the excavation of a complex visual inheritance; one defined by longing, pleasure, and myth.

Gillion Carrara, designer, metalsmith, and director of the Fashion Resource Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, discusses her insights into the intimate relationship between materials, design, and function in contemporary fashion and accessories. Before and after the talk, her newest collection of one of a kind handcrafted jewelry and functional accessories will be available.

Reception 1 - 3 p.m.

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  • Nita

    So sorry I had to miss this one. Looks like it was so much fun

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great meeting y'all! Both of the artists' work was beautiful. As an artist who is just beginning a journey into fashion design, it all really inspired me!

    2 · February 9, 2013

  • Daniel S.

    This was a very classy event which featured the works of Canadian artist, Cathy Daley, wonderful fashion swirls in black on white paper, Gillion Carrara's amazing works in bone, wood, and silver, as will as an introduction by gallery owner, Edward Cella, and an entertaining and amusing tour of her work, fashion history, and life in the Tuscan country side by Gillian Carrara. This was a terrific afternoon.

    3 · February 9, 2013

  • Connie Y.

    Love, love, love the work! Inspired me to get back in the studio

    3 · February 9, 2013

  • Clara

    Truly inspirational presentation by Edward and Gillion and love her style of using organic materials into creating fine art jewelry.....

    2 · February 9, 2013

  • veronica f.

    it is snowing here in antelope valley so i don't want to take the chance of getting stuck in time!

    February 8, 2013

  • Miles M.

    Looking fwd to it!

    February 6, 2013

  • Kathi

    I have to work on sat until 5:30. I won't be able to make this one.

    February 5, 2013

  • Clara

    Looking forward to seeing you at the event, please check your calendars to see if you can make it. Also please do not confirm here that you are coming, since that message goes out to everyone attending. Thank you, Clara

    February 4, 2013

  • Cesare S.

    Hello there all you artists looking forward to see you

    February 4, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Art and conversation - looking forward to it!

    February 3, 2013

  • Heather

    I'm Canadian!

    1 · January 26, 2013

  • Qui D.

    coffee i love it Clara r we going for coffee i am in yum

    1 · January 16, 2013

  • jp

    Those who'd like to grab coffee afterwards speak up.

    1 · January 16, 2013

  • Arden R.


    January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Family hot me tickets to Monster Jam

    January 15, 2013

  • Kathaerine A.

    I will draw portraits at another event

    January 15, 2013

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