Lisa Sigal: A House of Many MansionsJuly 10, 2005—January 8, 2006
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum presented a solo exhibition of the work of Lisa Sigal from July 10, 2005 through January 8, 2006. The exhibition Lisa Sigal: A House of Many Mansions opened to the public with a reception on July 10, which featured a special artist walkthrough led by Sigal.
Lisa Sigal's paintings explore architecture through both abstraction and illusionistic space. Prior to this exhibition, Sigal had moved her paintings off the canvas and onto large pieces of sheetrock, cardboard, and wood, or directly onto the gallery walls. Her new wall paintings incorporate existing architectural elements found in the space, like windows and molding, with both trompe l'oeil ("fools the eye") and her characteristic abstraction. Using common construction materials such as sheetrock and joint compound, the resulting paintings merge with the wall, creating a fresco-like appearance in some areas while exploding into the surrounding space in other areas.
For her solo exhibition at The Aldrich, Sigal constructed a new site-specific painting that wrapped around the Museum's Leir Atrium. Responding to local communities and the particular landscapes found in locations ranging from Danbury to Ridgefield, Sigal's paintings drew the viewer's attention to architectural idiosyncrasies. Contrasting the sprawl and tidiness of a bucolic suburb with the crunch of a city's many staggered and distinct constructions, Sigal created her own blended neighborhood using her vernacular materials: paint and construction materials that merged with the wall's literal construction while also dissolving it through painted illusion. This bold use of material and form speaks directly of architecture as shelter, but also of the underlying diversity of the users and their desires and needs. Sigal's installation begged the question, what type of community would live in this hybrid space?
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