The Art League Presents Jennifer Allevato Seated

By Editorial Team on May 24, 2021
Chair in Goldenrod by Jennifer Allevato.
On view through June 6, 2021.

Mixed media painter Jennifer Allevato invites viewers to join her in artful repose with Seated, her solo exhibit of exuberantly colorful, uniquely textured interpretations of a simple yet symbolic object. It is on view in The Art League Solo Gallery through June 6, and online.

In this series of 21 works, Allevato contemplates the significance of an empty chair⁠—an everyday article both welcoming and wistful, a representation of poignant absence or thoughtful anticipation.

She layers paint, paper, graphite, and neocolor crayon over wooden panel to create colorful, textured chairs, existing in their own spaces with just a suggestion of a room. The movement of loose brushstrokes and drippy lines, active marks, and quieter moments all come together in the sanctuary of the chair. They are bold, open and welcoming.

Says Allevato, “At its core, a chair is a functional object. They allow for gathering and lingering; resting and eating; a place to pause and just be.”

Though the concept for her show was proposed and scheduled over two years ago, the assemblage and paintings take on a new significance in the time of Coronavirus. During the past year, the artist thought a lot about how chairs—in restaurants, offices, parks, homes, and other places—suddenly became unoccupied.

Also at The Art League this month:

  • May Open Exhibit, a group show featuring a variety of works—painting, sculpture, photography, and fiber art—by member artists.
  • Student/Faculty Show 2021, juried by artist, educator, and writer Mary Proenza, on view online May 12-June 13.

Gallery Hours*:
*Current COVID-19 modified hours

  • Wednesday – Sunday, 12:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Art League Gallery is located in in Studio 21 at 105 North Union St., Alexandria, VA.