Linda Mieko Allen: Osmotica

May 17 – June 21, 2003

Traywick Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by Bay Area artist Linda Mieko Allen. The exhibition opens Saturday, May 17th, continues through Saturday, June 21st, 2003 and will run concurrently with the backroom show, Kris Timken: Pinhole Photography. There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, May 17th, from 5 to 7 pm.

Challenging the viewer to look beyond her seductive surfaces, Allen’s paintings partially obscure intricate visual patterns, which are created from images that reference both the microscopic world (chromosomes and cellular structures) and the macroscopic (horizons, cloud formations and constellations). Her process of densely layering images and materials (including acrylic, wax, gouache, molding paste, and photo collage) offers multiple readings on a figurative and literal level. Narratives are hinted at, but not fully explained, as the sheer amount of visual information invites multiple interpretations.

With the exhibition title, Osmotica, Allen refers to the idea of “that which flows” or the inner connectedness of things — the idea of networks and systems that rely on each other for their existence and for their ability to mutate and change. The work in this exhibition brings together recent paintings through which Allen addresses these types of transitional states.

Linda Mieko Allen received her fine arts degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Since moving to the Bay Area in 1993, Allen has been included in exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; the Alternative Museum, New York, NY; the University Art Gallery, California State University, Hayward, CA; New Jersey Center for the Arts, Summit, NJ; and A.I.R. Gallery, New York, among others. She has recently completed residences at the Roswell Foundation, Roswell, NM; the Ucross Foundation, Wyoming; and the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire. Allen has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards and grants, including a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant and a residency with the Djerrasi Resident Artist Program.

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