Bonnie MacAllister :: SPECTACLE at iMPeRFeCT Gallery
Bonnie MacAllister :: SPECTACLE (Multimedia Artwork). Saturday, April 6-Saturday, April 27. Opening April 6 from 6-9 p.m. iMPeRFeCT Gallery, 5601 Greene Street, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA 19144. 215.869.1001. imperfec
Bonnie MacAllisters SPECTACLE show features new work in 2D, 3D, fiber, metal prints. She creates cross-genre work fusing performance, photography, fiber art, and painting.
MacAllister chronicles a spectacle in viewpoints: whether as the cineaste documenting surveillance in an artist’s garden in her short film, “Fighting the Creep” or time lapses in fiber art in the music video “Girl Gangs” projected in the gallery on a vintage 1930s pop up screen. Her figure painting reveals the abnormalities in gender and in form, rendered in encaustic, collage, oil stick, and oil paint she hand mixes from pigment. Sixteen new photographic pieces dye printed on aluminum at 10″ x 10″ hint at holographic Holga effects with subjects including botanical, Aztec dance, and other worldly scenes captured in camera. Since 2012, MacAllister has been creating body sized pillows featuring her photographic imagery. Expect to see the same motifs on hard and soft surfaces in an ambitious installation, the largest collection of these pillows to date. MacAllister has taken her imagery to a new medium: fiber. She is digitally embroidering her images captured in Ethiopia, at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, in the rural South, in Los Angeles, and in Philadelphia onto beautiful silk from saris. The result? Something quite spectacular.
MacAllisters work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1999. She has previously exhibited at the Delaware Art Museum, Galeria in Mexico, the Utopia Library in Italy, Boricua College, University of Pennsylvania, Finlandia University, the Philadelphia Free Library, the Plastic Club, International House Philly, and the Center for Green Urbanism in DC. Her films have been screened in Norway, NY, LA, and UK. MacAllister is a 2009 Fulbright-Hays awardee to Ethiopia and a 2007 Pushcart Prize nominee. She has performed at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Cat Cat Club in Paris. She is a member of NextFab Studios, where she has created much of the work for this exhibition. For her full accomplishments, visit bonniemacallister.com. For her blog, visit bonnie-macallister.
During the run of the show, iMPeRFeCT Gallery will feature musical, performance, and film events, including a performance event (featuring bands live scoring films) on Saturday, April 13 curated by MacAllister and her multimedia label Certain Circuits. The last Saturday, April 27 will mark the gallery’s traditional “Last Supper” fundraiser during which MacAllister will give a talk during an intimate supper in the exhibition. The gallery even offers the surprise of the “Red Room,” where a guest artist will devise an installation in a non-traditional space.