Fran Siegel: Transient Borders Exhibit Nears Closing At Margaret Thatcher
Closing Saturday, October 16th Fran Siegel Transient Borders
Thatcher Projects is pleased to present Transient Borders, an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based artist Fran Siegel, her fifth solo exhibition at the gallery.
Fran Siegel's latest series of monumental drawings cull visual references from the sprawling urban topography surrounding the artist's Los Angeles studio-an idiosyncratic unplanned layout, where architecture collides with natural land contours. Through an intricate process of accumulative layering, drawing and stitching, Siegel pieces together multiple aerial viewpoints that explore shifts in light, perspective and atmosphere, while implying continuing motion outside of the frame. This instability proves a stark contrast to the contemplative otherness found in the fixed position of traditional nineteenth century landscape representation, and results in a rich, complex, oscillating expression of displacement that reflects our contemporary nomadic relationship to place.
Furthering her exploration of dimensional drawing, as well as the effect that durational changes and shifting light have on space, Siegel will construct a site-specific installation in the gallery for this exhibition. The installation-a volumetric woven structure of wire, porcelain and incandescent light-creates a highly subjective space that extends the piece beyond its physical materials. The show's title, Transient Borders, refers to this unique construction of space. Through overlapping and fluctuating patterns of edges, images and densities, the work takes on a mutable quality that redefines the boundaries of both subject and medium.
Fran Siegel's work was recently included in "Slash" at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Siegel was the 2007 United States representative for the IX International Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador. Recent site-specific projects include From and About Place: 7 artists from Los Angeles at The Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, and Rogue Wave at LA Louver.
Siegel has just been awarded a 2010 California Community Foundation Fellowship funded by the Getty Trust. She will be developing a project later this fall during a residenCy Grant at the Bogliasco Foundation outside Genoa Italy. Previous awards include an Individual Artist Grant from The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (C.O.L.A.), The American Academy in Rome, and The Fund for U.S. Artists.
In The Viewing Room: Appropriate Associations
Curator Bobbie Foshay brings together Santa Fe-based artists Jennifer Joseph and Robert Gaylor for a unique look at the re-purposing of materials to create dynamic, thought-provoking art pieces that awaken our senses of wonder and whimsy.
Joseph's use of acupuncture needles as a sculptural material creates an ethereal object presence, similar to their function as energy/curative sources in Chinese medicine. The many needles assembled together effect the play of light, perception and perspective; the three sculptures here then gain in size and stature.
Robert Gaylor explores the juxtaposition of found and abandoned objects with everyday household items. The assemblages demand attention be paid to the newly formed whole as well as to each of its parts. One 'sculpture' is separated back into its individual components in a photograph that Gaylor uses as a semiotic notion about apprehending information.
Opening October 21st
Omar Chacon, Bacanales
Margaret Thatcher Projects
539 W. 23rd Street
New York, New York 10011