Opening reception (artist in attendance): Friday, April 10, 2015, 7 - 10 pm
© Troy Mamer 2014.
"Alison Norlen in studio"
Alison Norlen in studio.
Las Vegas, Disney World, Hollywood, World’s Fair sites, the Brighton Pier, Parisian sewers, circuses, parades… these are only a few of the places where Alison Norlen finds her creative inspiration. Using painterly techniques combined with draughtsman precision from architectural relics and structures, Norlen creates layers upon layers of dream like and illusory drawings and sculptures that transform reality into fantasy.
Lēoht showcases some of Norlen’s most important works: her drawings, journals and studies are exhibited alongside delicate and alluring wire sculptures fabricated by the artist using a re-configured custom designed S/S welder. Norlen makes hundreds of small connections with a pen like welder when constructing these 3D sculptures of Arches, Cupolas, Cantilevers, Pagodas, Apses, and undulating curves.
The exhibition lēoht (adj. light, of little weight) explores the idea of weightlessness. As Norlen states “many of the images in the work are intended to be like ghosts, ambiguous in their existence,” they become timeless, “not locked in or fully tangible.”