EXHIBITIONS / 2009 / FRANKFURT

ALISA MARGOLIS

DARK AS TEN FEET DOWN
FRANKFURT
Sep 05 2009 – Jan 2010
VIEWS
Installation View


Installation ViewInstallation ViewLight is the Ghost, 2009Necktie Party, Scary Party, 2009Magnificent Desolation, 2009Flower Painting 4, 2009If you want me I'll stay, 2009Flower Painting 3, 2009Flower Painting 5,2009
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PRESS RELEASE
Galerie Wilma Tolksdorf Frankfurt is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Alisa Margolis. This is the Berlin based, American artist's first solo show in Frankfurt. In October-November 2007, she exhibited a body of paintings with the title "Ancient History" in the gallery's Berlin space.

On view in the current show are large oil paintings, including "If You Want Me I'll Stay", "Magnificent Desolation" , "The Special Ones (All Right Now)", "Necktie Party, Scary Party", and "Light Is The Ghost", among others, in addition to a series of smaller works, "Flower Painting 1-5" (all works 2009).

This exhibition presents several themes from the artist's ongoing project at the intersection between abstraction and figuration, and her reworking of the contemporary experience of the sublime.

The new series of Westerns Paintings were produced while watching films, as in a continuous motion drawing class exercise. As in other of Margolis' work, the seemingly fake transcendence of pop culture is taken as a concrete beginning, as the works channel the baroque, over saturation of films such as Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time In The West" (1968), and the underground classic starring John Wayne "Hondo" (1953) from which the title of the exhibition is taken.

The "Flower Paintings" in some ways mark a return to familiar ground for the artist, though as opposed to working from reference material, this group of five paintings were produced from a large bouquet still-life in the studio, capturing different angels as the bouquet was rotated while the flowers slowly dried out.

Alisa Margolis (born 1975) graduated from Columbia University in 1997, and from 2001 to 2003 was a resident at De Ateliers, Amsterdam. She lives and works in Berlin and London.
Her work has been included in "The Triumph of Painting" (The Saatchi Gallery, London), the Prague Biennial, and will be featured as part of "Rehang", a temporary intervention collateral to the 2009 Istanbul Biennial.
Margolis is a 2009-10 fellow at Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.