Posts tagged with "solo exhibition"

Paradigm Gallery Presents “Obsolescence”

Paradigm Gallery + Studio (746 S 4th St) is pleased to present Obsolescence, a solo exhibition by Sweden-based artist Ulla-Stina Wikander, open October 25 – November 23, 2019. The artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, Obsolescence, features new works from Wikander’s well-known series of household objects covered in colorful, vintage embroideries. Obsolescence will have a public opening reception on October 25 from 5:30 – 10:00pm.

Wikander began collecting vintage embroideries 15 years ago in antique stores and flea markets, initially attracted to the intricate designs of needlework textiles. Although Wikander was traditionally trained as a painter and sculptor, the unknown histories of the women who made the embroideries interested her and she began experimenting with her new collection. Wikander’s earliest experimentation with textile began with covering a broken vacuum cleaner she had laying around in her home. Through a meticulous process of deconstruction and reassembly, she transformed the anachronistic tool into something visually absorbing and entirely new, giving the vacuum a new reason to exist. Although not all of the objects Wikander covers are broken, they’re all out-dated. Through Wikander’s process, these retro items are transformed and recycled into fully contemporary sculptures.

On her practice Wikander says, “It is rather new for me to be a part of the textile community because I have always regarded myself as a painter and sculptor. While I do not embroider myself, I am always very meticulous when I choose my patterns.  Embroidery is very hard to find nowadays, so I often travel to small towns in Sweden to find them. I have a big collection with hundreds of embroideries, organized into boxes by motif. I do not know if it is accepted among textile artists, to cut embroideries into pieces, but I think my work is a bit different. I always have a bad feeling that I am destroying a beautiful embroidery that someone else has made, but the recycling of something forgotten also feels current and good”.

The latest artworks included in Wikander’s Obsolescence exhibition are suffused with humor and critical explorations of feminism, domesticity, and upcycling. Her intricate textile constructions are shaped by the forms that lie underneath – including irons, blow dryers, shoes, bags, lamps, books, and phones. Freshly adorned in coverings of flowers, animals, and pastoral scenes, the items transcend their former functionality and are simultaneously revelatory and recognizable. Wikander’s vibrant re-appropriations are evocative formal studies that defy categorization and illicit equal parts dissonance and delight.
About Ulla-Stina Wikander
Ulla-Stina Wikander was born 1957 in Kungälv. She is currently living in Stockholm/Kullavik, Sweden and has been working as an artist since 1986. Wikander has shown extensively around the world in solo and group exhibitions including shows in the United States, Sweden and the UK.
About Paradigm 
Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.

Blood Money

Blood Money, on view from 8/10 – 8/19, opens this week with delightfully deviant experiences on Friday 7-10p and Saturday 5-8p. Proceeds from the show will go to Lysistrata. Must be 18+ to enter.

Summer of Love by 5ivefingaz and friends* with historic work by 5ivefingaz, Sugacane Danger, Uncutt Art, Miranda Maxwell, Hash Harper, Darcy Briks (congrats on your new little bundle of joy!), Paulie Nassar and Action Jackson still available on our e-comm.

UPCOMING OPENINGS

Thurs Aug 23 + on view thru Sept 2

You Look Good (ugly): Visual scenarios of love, lust, sex, envy and social anxiety by Jaya Suartika and Rex. Wed Sept 5 + on view through Oct 7

Ophelia (I feel ya) curated by Yana Toyber

With Yana Toyber, Lindsay Jones, Natalie Krim, Alisa Minyukova, Rawan Rihani, Claudia Santiso, Etta Shon, Sarah Sweeney and more TBA.

Thurs Oct 18 + on view thru 11/11

A solo exhibition by Jen Dwyer. Photos from Breaking the Grass Ceiling by Maverick Inman and Virginia Stroh on 7/26/18 and a note from the Stacie Lucas:

Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women Making An Impact on 7/26 was an incredible evening with an exceptional attendance. I would like to personally thank Maya Shaw of Shaw.BK and Solie Burnett-Loucas of Humblebloom for co-producing a historic moment with us. Much gratitude to kind and mega-talented reiki master Christina Lovely, who grounded us before we dove into a pragmatic talk surrounding the War On Drugs, incarcaration reform and what we all can do now to support marginalized communities.

Thank you to our panelists: Keira Duarte of Mary Magazine, Brittany Carbone of Tonic CBD, Amanda Reyes of Cannabis Cultural Association and Safon Floyd of Estrohaze for your openness and expertise. And, thank you to all who came out to share and to learn.

Stay tuned for more experiences like this one!

About Lucas Lucas

An ethical art gallery and retail concept rooted in social impact, #LucasLucas rotates artwork by emerging and contemporary artists, as well as rare jewelry, books and objects. The gallery is in constant transformation; the retail-level gallery morphs to accommodate installation, wellness practice, live music, community gatherings, fundraisers, and film and photoshoot production.

57 Conselyea Street at Lorimer Street in Brooklyn, New York – one block from the Lorimer L/G.

Gallery Hours: Walk-ins all the time, by appointment and online.

New Oil Paintings by Ingrid V. Wells

Spectacle: New Oil Paintings by Ingrid V. Wells

Exhibition Dates: November 10 – December 16, 2017 | Thurs-Fri 12-4PM, Sat 12-5PM, by appointment
Opening Reception: Friday, November 10 | 6-8PM

Location: Glass Rice 680 8th Street, Suite 240B, San Francisco, CA 94103

Everything’s Coming Up Roses, 2017, oil on canvas 48 x 60 in.

Glass Rice is proud to present Spectacle, a solo exhibition featuring bright, colorful oil paintings by San Francisco-based artist Ingrid V. Wells. In this her latest series, Wells continues to investigate the idea of the feminist spectacle—a topic the artist is particularly concerned with—bringing to light the sticky-sweet, childish portrayal of female identity in society. Created in Wells’ signature aesthetic, these over-the-top, sparkling works deliver a shockingly accurate commentary on the ridiculous misery that women are forced to endure to achieve equality and respect. Spectacle will be on view from November 10 through December 16, 2017 with an artist reception on Friday, November 10 from 6-8 PM.

Using pageantry, celebrity, fanfare and pop culture as recurring themes, Wells paints a visual cacophony of quaint, girly objects in vibrant, feminine colors. These seemingly innocent and cheerful candy landscapes with titles such as Diamonds and Pearls and Babies, OH MY! and Everything’s Coming Up Roses draw giggles from the audience as they consider the beautiful frivolity before them. Upon further inspection, however, the miniature plasticine trinkets—painted as shiny still lifes inflated to grand proportions—provoke a bizarre, almost suffocating encounter. As the enlarged, gendered objects dance in a crazed swirl of luscious pink, one begins to realize the more profound, underlying message behind the smiling clouds and happy critters.

Bright Lights and Lollipops, 2016, oil on canvas 32 x 48 in.

Thoughts on Being Agreeable, 2016, oil on canvas 32 x 48 in.

Taken individually, the trifles are cute and delightful, but clustered into a candied extravaganza, the complexity deepens and the sugary mass of artificial happiness overwhelms. This line of inquiry exposes the immense pressure women feel to maintain the ideal feminine demeanor as charming, precious, and small. The fascinating and disturbing juxtaposition of light-hearted toys with the sickening reality of suppression aims to provide a place of subtle reflection and to, ultimately, dismantle the patriarchy (in the sweetest way possible).

Wells, in speaking about her artistic practice and thematic goals, comments:

“My gestural approach to painting contemplates the notion of female power as it enters into the discourse of painting. By emphasizing the artificial display of the female personality type with over-the-top, dripping spectacles of paint, these works critique the ridiculous and absurd tradition of the feminine norm. I hope my work can serve as a platform for viewers to engage in the conversation surrounding displays of femininity and how that affects the amount of power and respect we give to individual women.” In addition to Spectacle, Wells will also be exhibiting a collection of small-format bow paintings from her 30 Paintings in 30 Days series.

Pink, Plastic & Proud, 2017, oil on canvas 48 x 60 in.

About Ingrid V. Wells

Ingrid V. Wells earned her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and has been painting for close to a decade. Fancying the fantastic and humorous in theme and the charming, the kitschy, and the celebrity in subject, Wells’ paintings investigate the world of gendered consumerism and the ethics of fascination. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Daily Mail, BUST Magazine and Teen Vogue, among others. The artist currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

About Glass Rice

Glass Rice is a contemporary art gallery serving as a platform for artists from all walks of life, providing them with an outlet to exhibit their work to an audience outside of their immediate spheres. The gallery works with local, emerging artists, as well as established Chinese contemporary artists in an effort to promote a broad roster and a sense of cultural exchange. Glass Rice is located in the SoMa district of San Francisco, CA. Their goal is to foster recognition rooted in artistic vitality and vision by building genuine relationships with artists and communities.