Mass Cultural Council and the New Art Center (NAC) will present the Mass Cultural Council Artists Fellows and Finalists in Painting, October 28 – November 15, 2014 at the NAC, 61 Washington Park in Newtonville, MA (opening reception Thurs, Nov. 6, 6-8:30 PM). The installation will be curated by independent curator, FLUX.Boston creator, and NAC Board member Liz Devlin in collaboration with NAC Exhibitions Director Kathleen Smith Redman. Linda Mieko Allen is one of the 15 painters that will be included in this exhibition. We caught up with Linda to find out a little more about her work.
I have spent the last few years in the studio developing a process involving paint manipulation and transfer in combination with drawing. Recent work from the Figmenta series are ongoing investigations into concepts of place and displacement. Space, tensions, transitional states and contradictions are key elements in these hybrid works of paint manipulations and drawing. The works are very thin acrylic paint/ink film with other media on aluminum or wood panels which are dense but light at the same time, very detailed, serious and intense mark-making. I configure natural phenomena and formation and construct/deconstruct the invented scape/architecture physically and psychologically as to challenge and transform the viewers experience. You get glimpses of land formation and architectonics, yet as soon as you think you have discovered something recognizable, the work dissolves into abstraction… or a figment.
Figmenta refers to that which is momentary, fleeting or ghost like.