Monday, April 5, 2010

Ellen Ziegler: Hypnopomp opening reception Thursday, April 8, 2010, 5 - 7 pm


Opening reception Thursday, April 8, 2010, 5 - 7 pm
Show runs: April 8 - May 19, 2010

Threshold Gallery, Mithun ArchitectsPier 56, 1201 Alaskan Way, and University StreetNext to Argosy Cruises; park under the viaduct.

Ellen Ziegler's ambitious drawing series evokes the visual and auditory hallucinations that occur during the period between waking and sleeping, known as the “hypnopompic state”.

Drawings are made on asphalt roofing paper (tar paper) with metallic pigments and other media. The smell of tar evokes for Ziegler the primeval ooze of the La Brea Tar Pits in her native Los Angeles, where dinosaur bones continue to be excavated. This underground source of fossils, fuel and prehistory is analogous to the upwelling of images from the unconscious mind.

The drawing installation in the gallery stairwell alludes to the crossover between architecture and the work of the artist. Tar paper is a commonplace, unremarkable and "base" building material; Ziegler finds metaphorical richness by mining the psyche for associations. In addition, "its rough, black smelliness, cheapness, and endless linear dimension makes it a manic draftsperson's dream."

Ellen Ziegler is represented by SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA.

HYPNOPOMP is a project of In Lieu Exhibit Space.

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