Warp and Weave

Close your eyes and think of Los Angeles. What comes to mind? Cars stuck in never-ending gridlock? Bleached-blonde starlets teetering on sky-high heels? Artist Ann Diener peels back the superficial stereotypes and reveals the complex nature of the City of Angels in her show "Tapestries." Diener's large-scale works on paper are immersive landscapes of pattern and shadow that serve as a metaphor for the jumble of stimuli a city exerts on our senses. Using a combination of techniques including drawing, painting, and collage, Diener references L.A.'s rich mix of ethnicities and languages as well as its deep roots in Latino culture. You won't see the Hollywood sign here, as we'her work turns the stories and architecture of her home city into intricate layers of man-made objects woven into more naturally occurring forms like plants or feathers. In Diener's hands space itself seems elastic, and the archaeological strata of history becomes visible to the naked eye. It's enough to make even the staunchest San Franciscan reconsider L.A.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 15. Continues through March 16, 2013

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