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"Katy Allgeyer: Saints and Sinners"
2005-04-12 until 2005-05-14
Los Angeles, CA,
USA United States of America
Artist Katy Allgeyer will be exhibiting her work in a one-woman show, 'Saints and Sinners', at 626 Gallery, inn Los Angeles. Allgeyer's latest work reveals influences from living in close proximity to the urban landscape, exploring themes of separation and the exclusionary nature of religions, cultures, and regional locations. Allgeyer borrows from a wide range of cultural sources, overlaps and twists them into something new yet still recognizable. The exhibition will feature her " Fortunate Saints Series" comprised of paper Holy cards from Italy purchased in the historic Olvera Street area of Los Angeles juxtaposed with Chinese fortune cookie sayings and acrylic paint on small canvases.
A typical image from the series depicts Jesus Christ with a fortune that states, “Good things are being said about you/ Peking Noodle Company”. Additionally, the Christian holy cards have been arranged in classic Tibetan mandala formations and there are assemblage works that resemble reliquary boxes filled with modern iconographic materials.
Saints & Sinners will also unveil Allgeyer's first conceptual installation piece, a short video which features seven Los Angeles artists of diverse cultures, ages, and practices confessing their "sins". The viewer becomes actively engaged in the role of “absolving” the artists of all “sins” thus bridging the separation between viewer and artist.
Allgeyer’s art work was included in the 2003 Kunstkreuz arts festival in Berlin, Germany and she has been a participant in group shows at the Coos Art Museum, the Cornell Musuem, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Center, and galleries on both coasts. The artist graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and was the former design director for Liz Claiborne Knitwear. As a designer, she traveled more than 100 times to Asia and Europe. Allgeyer moved to Venice Beach in 1991and currently resides and works from her studio loft in downtown Los Angeles.