“Burlesque: Multimedia art by Bonnie MacAllister” on view now

BURLESQUE:Multimedia Art by Bonnie MacAllister  

Sept. 6-Oct. 27  2013

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Bonnie MacAllister’s “BURLESQUE” show features new work: 3D metal dye prints and fiber. Bonnie MacAllister creates cross-genre work fusing performance, photography, and fiber art.

MacAllister chronicles a spectacle in viewpoints: new photographic pieces dye printed on aluminum at 10″ x 10″ hint at holographic Holga effects with subjects including Coney Island mermaids, Aztec dancers, and otherworldly scenes captured in camera as film stills. MacAllister pushes the photographic process by creating digital embroideries based upon her original snapshots and films. These images are rendered through machinery and her own hand on silk saris and thick Scottish wools. The exhibition shows movement and dance on hard and soft surfaces, developed in collaborative media, on themes that she has been chronicling since 2003.

In 2013, MacAllister has shown at Riverside Library (at Lincoln Center), Boricua College (Manhattan), the Plastic Club (Philadelphia), iMPeRFeCT Gallery (Philadelphia), Flying Kite Media (Germantown, Camden), Glenview Mansion (MD), Commerce Square (Philadelphia), and the 55th Grammy Awards (Los Angeles). This year, she has showcased her films as part of Classwar Karaoke (UK), the Leap Second Festival (Norway), and PhillyCAM. She received her BA from Albright College (1999), her MEd from Temple University (2008), and a Fulbright-Hays to Ethiopia (2009). In 1997-1998, MacAllister studied under Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, and Agnès Varda at Université de Paris VIII and Sorbonne.

Participating in Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, there will be additional receptions on October 5 and 6, featuring performances and film screenings curated by Certain Circuits (certaincircuits.org). During the run, the exhibition will feature dual French-English language tours since both MacAllister and Gallery Director, Jed Williams are bilingual. Williams is a dual US-French citizen. The exhibition opens September 13 with live performances by dancers from MacAllister’s 2004 production, Avant-pop-ca-lipstick Burlesque.

Open Studios Link: http://philaopenstudios.org/artist-profile/bonnie-macallister-1
Artist website: bonniemacallister.com

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