Friendzone is proud to present “100 Ways of Looking for Here” a solo show by Alexandra Nelson.
Originally framed as a daily art practice to create 100 drawings, “100 Ways of Looking for Here” evolved into a study of “here” and the artist’s relation to it. Arising from a life disruption that resulted in the loss of a home and subsequent relocation to a new space, the project investigates the relationship between “here”, “there”, and “where” and how those ideas mirror art itself in representation and abstraction. The drawings beg participation; they are still life, performance art, visual haiku. Subjects are stripped to the basics—a landscape as blocks of texture, a forest as lines on a page, substituting the written word for the drawn line. Using stationary frames, Nelson creates an illusion of movement, triggered by a word or a shape, or the tearing a rearranging of the paper itself. The viewer cannot escape taking part, imposing their own interpretation, or decoding the message from their own inner dialogue. These themes converge: the stripped-down wisdom of the crone, the essentiality of the abstract, the hidden and the silenced in our society.
Please join us for the opening reception on April 14th from 6-9pm!
3323 W Diversey Ave