Artist Alison Blickle was previously featured back in September 2012, and it so happens that Blickle will have a solo show at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco from May 3 – June 14, “History of Magic, Part I… The Hermitage”. The opening reception will be this Friday 7-10 PM! If any of you are going to be in our lovely city this upcoming month, we definitely encourage you to come out to see Blickle’s work in person.
Eleanor Harwood Gallery
1295 Alabama St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
“History of Magic, Part I… The Hermitage”
May 3 – June 14, 2013
Opening Reception May 3rd, 7-10 PM
Wed – Sat 11 AM – 6 PM
“The exhibition of new oil paintings and glazed porcelain delves further into Alison’s style of hyper-detailed and fantastical realism. Drawn from a diverse range of influences from the Pre-Raphaelites and the Post-Impressionists, to Russian fairy tale illustration and Art Deco design, the paintings create a tension as this heritage of styles meld into a vision of another time. Displayed as a series of small installations, the paintings will be shown alongside a collection of ceramic mementos that relate to the narrative of each piece, ultimately further enveloping the viewer into the painting’s scene.
Story and character development are an increasingly significant component to Alison’s work. The show will be the first chapter in a series of “History of Magic” exhibitions, which will tell the tale of a mystic craftswoman who lives alone in the woods and sets out on a journey to create a mysterious object that will change the world. In part a creation myth with roots in folklore, the story achieves mythology as a “reverse Pandora’s box” and stems from the artists interest in these moralizing fables that have persevered throughout human history. The show takes its title from a 19th-century French book on sacred imagery and mysticism. As the first chapter, “The Hermitage” relates to the spiritual component of Alison’s work, as a type of monastery space that combines work and devotion. The installations themselves can be seen as altarpieces, in reference to the nature of her art practice and her childhood in a Wiccan home.
‘History of Magic, Part I…’ promises to be an exhibit rich in context and tradition, while breaking new ground for the role of narrative in visual art. Distilled from the vast range of influences that inspire her, Alison is able to present a dreamscape of imagery grounded in reality and history.”