“Muscle Memory” is a group exhibition featuring new works of Alexandra Levasseur, Kate Klingbeil, Lynnea Holland-Weiss and Winnie Truong on April 15th at Athen B. Gallery in Oakland. The exhibition will feature all new works by each artist ranging from paintings on canvas, framed paper cutouts, ceramic sculptures, and works on framed wood panels.
One of the four artists exhibiting, Winnie Truong, states of her contributions to the show:
"Over the years, my drawing practice has generated a dialogue between the female body, hair, labour and the drawn line. Using only coloured pencil and chalk pastels on paper I’ve continued to examine our heavily coded ideas of beauty, nature and femininity through subverting the idealized female form. My ongoing body of work with cut paper embodies these ideals with a series of female figures imagined as “Wimmin creatures” poised with spontaneously emerging flora, fronds and tendrils that mingle and coalesce with the body’s flesh and folds.
The wimmin in my work embrace decay and imperfection while verging on animalistic and free. For me, the idea of Muscle Memory embodies a return to a place that is simultaneously unknown but familiar to the senses. The figures in the show are suspended in strange environments stripped of society’s trappings. They seem to thrive whether they are birthing their environments or merely interwoven with the elements of untamed nature. With their bodies surrounded by dense overgrowths and blooms, these wimmin creatures are all at once robust, sensual and shy. They exist within narratives inspired by relationship dynamics, personality tropes, the loss of youth and stories from the female experience.
My new works for Muscle Memory also reflect a nomadic year of residencies in 2016 working close to nature in Norway, Japan and lastly at VAR Program: a houseboat residency in Sausalito whose immense support has made the work in the show possible. Muscle memory is in part, the artist finding comfort in process through labour-intensive meditative drawing, precision cutting and collaging. It is finding comfort in familiar work while in a state of unease travelling and creating art in new and disparate environments."
The exhibition will feature all new works by each artist ranging from paintings on canvas, framed paper cutouts, ceramic sculptures, and works on framed wood panels. It opens at Athen B. Gallery in Oakland on April 15th.