Gallery Openings and Events

Alley Cat Studio Presents Body Politic

Pink Tower by Becca Kallem. Photo courtesy of Alley Cat Studio.

Pink Tower by Becca Kallem. Photo courtesy of Alley Cat Studio.

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Opening Reception: Saturday, December 6 from 4pm to 7pm

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Alley Cat Studio presents Body Politic featuring the works of five artists whose work brings a unique perspective to the concept of self: Becca Kallem, David Mordini, Karen Joan Topping, Jenny Walton and Jack Warner.

Body Politic is a loose theme that addresses how people’s perception of self is deeply rooted in the physical body, including all manner of myths, stories, fetishes, and ritualized objects.  Even abstractions are a derivative of the body as it is placed in time and space. The works included are meant to provide abundant room for interpretation ranging from direct physical references to the body to abstract or conceptual approaches suggesting that the body politic isn’t simply restricted to flesh and bone.

Whether working from invention or observation, Kallem is interested in layering, reworking, hiding and revealing in such a way that each work becomes a stand in for the self, an identity that is singular yet changing and multiple. Mordini’s exaggerated body sculptures hover between reality and idealization, provoking the viewer’s bias towards his or her own perception. Topping uses seductive and nostalgic objects from childhood to examine how fantasy, memory, hope and anxiety can be explored in space and time as well as symbol and form. Warner’s work directly confronts the relationship between society, war and the individual, contemplating the mechanics behind an individual’s involvement in global affairs while recognizing forces at work beyond our own personal understanding. Walton’s woodcuts explore women’s ideas of choice and social engagement; defining and acknowledging their own standards of beauty, wisdom and self perception.

The Alley Cat Studio is a working artist space converted to a temporary gallery for the duration to the exhibit. The studios at 29 Kings Court SE, located on Capitol Hill house a small group of Washington artists.

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