Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 12 November 2010
November 12, 2010 – January 15, 2011
Opening Reception Friday, November 12, from 6 to 9 pm
Front Room: Leslie Laskey
Media Room: Heather Bennett
Public Hours Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition entitled Overpaper, a selection of works on, or of, paper. Paper has long been the starting point for conceptions by artists, who worked out their ideas on paper before moving them to other mediums. Now the idea on paper often becomes the art, and this exhibition surveys artists using paper both as the template for creative thinking and as a material base for new artistic forms.
In the Front Room, the gallery presents an installation titled “Portraits: Artists and Friends” by Leslie Laskey. These small, mixed-media works on paper are from a series that Leslie Laskey started in 2008. The portraits are of Giacometti, Matisse, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Louis XIV, Picasso and other artists, writers and friends.
In the Media Room, the gallery presents “The Empire Trilogy”, a video by Heather Bennett with music by Joe Raglani. Each piece centers around a lone woman, all of whom almost slyly encompass a panoply of reflecting fictions. The amalgamated „characters‟ take substance from childhood fairytales, contemporary fashion, female genre roles and a healthy dose of nostalgia and somehow coalesce into a peaceful, almost quieting image. The enmeshing of an anti-narrative and obvious reference to the bold fiction of children‟s fairytales complicate the calm hold of these images with humor; slithering alloys placing ironies.
“Holly Holy” is a collision of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and a bit of Eve, bathed in red velvet and monastically reading Faulkner. “Locks & Hocks” conflates Goldilocks and a restrained 50‟s housewife, entombed in a sun-drenched, yellow kitchen listlessly stirring a pot of beans and ham hocks. And “Babe” collapses male and female with a schoolgirl, Paul Bunyan combo of metamorphosed blue plaid where our heroine dully wields a two-sides axe, knocking dirt from her boots, while swathed in one of the most sexualized articles of clothing in recent history.