Site 4

Linda Mieko Allen: Center of Gravity Stas Orlovski: Recent Work 20 Hawthorne, San Francisco
October 8 – November 12, 2005

Traywick Contemporary is pleased to announce SITE 4, the fourth in its ongoing series of exhibitions and projects in changing locations. SITE 4 will feature two solo exhibitions: Center of Gravity, new paintings by Linda Mieko Allen (Massachusettes) and Recent Work, new works on canvas by Stas Orlovski (Los Angeles).

In her fourth solo exhibition with Traywick Contemporary, Linda Mieko Allen shows new paintings from a series of work entitled “Center of Gravity.” Her recent work investigates systems and infrastructures, both natural and man-made that seem to be in constant states of change. By shifting our view from microscopic to macroscopic within each piece, Allen further questions the state of balance that the concept of systems seem to promise. Each of her abstract compositions features highly polished, lacquer-like surfaces punctuated with opaque areas of encaustic that offer muted glimpses of the structure’s inner workings. In her paintings, she recreates our ability to adapt to ever-changing phenomena, to adjust and equilibrate our beings as we search for an elusive, steady center.


Linda Mieko Allen was born in Osaka, Japan and currently lives in North Adams, Massachusetts. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and attended Rhode Island School of Design, Providence. She has received painting residencies from Bogliasco Foundation, Italy; Demis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska; Djerassi Resident Artists Grant, Woodside, California; MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire; Roswell Foundation, New Mexico; The Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming; and Weir Farm Trust, Wilton, Connecticut. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Award, New York.

In his second solo exhibition with Traywick Contemporary, Stas Orlovski shows a range of work reflecting his diverse inspirations, which range from Russian children’s books to Victorian engravings, from Japanese prints to Dutch botanical illustrations. He re-imagines these historical sources to create secluded landscapes where human, animal and botanical life intersect. Heads with curling black hair transform into dark gardens; songbirds leave their mark on modern sculpture; wildflowers bloom eyeballs. Orlovski’s wide-range of materials also follow his aesthetic: he carefully mounts handmade paper on canvas to serve as a delicate ground that registers every detail, brushstroke, stain, smudge, tear and mark made with oil paint, gouache, silverpoint, charcoal, graphite, ink, Xerox transfer and collage.

Stas Orlovski was born in Kishinev, Moldova and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BFA from York University in Toronto, a B.Ed from the University of Toronto and his MFA from the University of Southern California. Orlovski has exhibited his work widely in the United States with one-person shows in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. His work is represented in prominent public and private collections including the American Embassy in Brussels, The Progressive Corporation, and the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco. Orlovski has been awarded fellowships to the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the Yaddo Artist Colony in New York.

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