LISA SIGAL, selected for the 2008 Whitney Biennial, will exhibit "Tent Paintings" at Frederieke Taylor Gallery 29 November 2007 – 12 January 2008
Frederieke Taylor gallery is pleased to announce Lisa Sigal's "Tent Paintings," her fourth solo show at the gallery. For a number of years, Lisa Sigal has been conflating building with the act of making art. Architecture becomes surface and painting can become shelter. Questioning the way in which space is measured and mediums are defined, Sigal plays with the differences between color, line, signage and wall until all things are seemingly equal.
This exhibition will include tent-like installations using materials such as paint on wallpaper, sheetrock and newspaper. While wallpaper is generally a decorative surface expressing taste, in the case of these pieces, the walls are missing. The paper replaces the architecture and defines the boundaries. Also on view will be related collage drawings.
Of the work in this show, the artist writes:
"Lately I have been using wallpaper to build structures. I am interested in combining the cultural references that the wallpaper has with unexpected elements such as found notes, photographs, newspaper clippings, etc. which alter its meaning. The wallpaper pieces come from a group of paintings I call "Tent Paintings." The "Tent Paintings" are on folded sheetrock panels that are suggestive of makeshift shelters. The wallpaper seems like an extension of these folded architectural forms, unstuck and free form.
Besides the formal qualities of the wallpaper, I am interested in suggesting a mutable delineation between being inside and outside. This shift brings a subtle change in vantage point that has the potential to radically alter one's physical and philosophical perspective. Blurring the distinction between fiction and fact is an act of equality."
Lisa Sigal currently has an installation at P.S.1 MOMA, on view thru January 7, 2008. This installation directly relates to "Tent Paintings," where she is considering shelter as the threshold between the visual and physical. It is titled, “LIC 4BR total reno bsmt 2 skylite nr subway historic 1894 school bldg must see Lisa 347 613 0682, " which is a description of the piece as a place in the museum's boiler room.
Works by Lisa Sigal have been included in numerous museum and group exhibitions including The Aldrich Museum, CT, Sculpture Center, NY, Anderson Gallery in Richmond VA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY, White Columns, NY, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, NC, Real Art Ways, CT. Sigal has been the recipient of the Headlands Center for the Arts Residency 2004, NYFA Grant 2002, Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship Ireland 1999, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant 1998, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant 1998, Yaddo Fellowship 1991 and Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center 1988.