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.