Silhouettes and Conversations: Articulating a Communal Vision
Alexandra Blum will trace silhouettes of visitors while listening to and recording their descriptions of artworks that are particularly meaningful to them in the permanent collection of the de Young. These silhouettes and the narrated descriptions of the work will form the basis of a mixed-media studio project consisting of drawing, silkscreen, collage, and paint. The artist's conceptual goal of the portraits is to humanize the private individual experience of viewing art and also transform it into a vision of a shared experience. In this way the artist will celebrate both individual viewers as well as specific pieces from the permanent collection and derive a shared, collective image based on multiple individual experiences.
Alexandra Blum has a BFA in painting from Cornell University and a MFA in printmaking from Washington University. She works in printmaking and painting and uses childhood memories and dreams as sources of inspiration. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Mexico including Cornell University, the Legion of Honor, and the de Young Museum. She has previously been artist-in-residence at the de Young; has taught workshops at SFMOMA and the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center; and currently teaches at Drew School.
Friday, August 27, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Closing Reception in the Kimball Education Gallery
The Artist Studio program is supported by the Fleishhacker Foundation.