Lia Halloran: The Wonder Room
SACI GALLERY │ Palazzo dei Cartelloni │ Via Sant’Antonino 11, Florence – Italy
January 14 – February 28, 2014
Opening: Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00 pm
January 23rd, Thursday, 6:30 pm ~ Presentation in SACI’s Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall (Palazzo dei Cartelloni): Lia Halloran, SACI alumna (Fall 1997-Spring 1998) and Assistant Professor at the Chapman University Department of Art, on her career as an artist.
Wunderkammer, or Wonder Rooms were early private cabinets of curiosities, which contained collections of objects, minerals, and taxidermy animals of the natural world which science had yet to categorize. For the exhibition ‘The Wonder Room’ Lia Halloran has created over 30 new works for the SACI gallery based on specimens in the oldest science museum in Europe, La Specola. Still located in its original location next to the Pitti Palace, it contains a famous collection of anatomical waxes from the 18th century.
Several years ago Halloran spent a week in La Specola documenting various parts of the museum and was especially fascinated by the Monkeys and Hummingbirds because of their macabre and delicate nature. Documentation (notes, drawings, photographs) of these species was used as a reference to paint a negative in reverse which was then used in a darkroom to create a positive image of the creatures. The result is an image strange in nature because it is not entirely drawing, nor entirely a photograph either. Halloran’s work often uses concepts in science as a bounding point, exploring how perception, time, and scale informs the human desire to understand the world and our emotional and psychological place within it.
Lia Halloran (b. 1977) grew up in the Bay Area surfing and skateboarding while developing a love of science at her first job in high school at the Exploratorium in San Francisco doing cow eye dissections and laser demonstrations. She received her BA from UCLA in 1999, attended SACI 1997-1998 and continued to take astronomy class while in her MFA painting Program at Yale.
Her work has been acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, The Speyer Family Collection, New York, The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland and the Art Museum of South Texas. Solo exhibitions have been held at venues in New York at DCKT Contemporary, Miami at Fredric Snitzer, Boston at la Montagne Gallery, Los Angeles at Martha Otero Gallery, Pulse in London, Barry Whistler Gallery in Texas, and currently in Vienna, Austria at Hilger NEXT. Halloran’s work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, ArtNews, and New York Magazine among others. She lives and works in Los Angeles and currently serves as a Assistant Professor of Art at Chapman University and oversees the Painting and Drawing Department where she teaches painting, drawing and courses that look at how Art and Science intersect. She is currently represented by Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles, and DCKT Contemporary in New York.
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