Thursday, December 27, 2012

Art installation at LAX

Fellow artist Leanne Lee and I have our installation Passage currently on display at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport.

(Photos by Kelly Barrie, Panic Studio LA)

Here's the press release from the Los Angeles World Airports site:

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, announces a new installation by Los Angeles-based artists Sophia Allison and Leanne Lee at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The installation, titled Passage, is composed of coffee filters, which were used, dried, and sewn together, and delicate drawings on rice paper. Using these materials to create, deconstruct, and reconstruct speaks to the notion of process, change, and reinvention. The site-specific installation is on view in the art display case in the Customs Hall of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, on the Lower/Arrivals Level, for ticketed international passengers through March 2013.
Passage references a ritualistic domestic action: making coffee. Water passes through ground coffee and filters, staining the ghost image of the process into the paper. Allison and Lee dried and ironed flat the used filters, then stitched them into clusters reminiscent of floral and vegetative landscapes. Adding to the juxtaposition of organic and inorganic, of ritual and daily activity, the artists incorporated cityscape drawings on rice paper which were stained with watercolor and coffee. Informed by traditional Korean symbols and motifs, these drawings were reconfigured by cutting, tearing, and sewing the images into the clusters of coffee filters. As actual geographies, locations and landscapes shift and fluctuate – physically, mentally, and metaphorically –the materials that comprise this work are non-permanent and fragile. As a modular construct, Passage can be repositioned infinitely, becoming site-specific and speaking to the temporal nature of life.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Days of Our Lives

Currently, I am in a terrific show with 2 wonderful artist friends, Paul W. Evans and Kim Tucker, at artist run space WEEKEND.  We are wrapping up the exhibition next Sunday, November 25.  All three of us will be present to speak with visitors about the exhibition.  And hey, there will be doughnuts and cookies, so stop on by!  Here are the details:

November 2-25 2012
Weekend Space
4634 Hollywood Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Open Sat. and Sun: 11a.m.-6p.m.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I am very excited to announce my upcoming solo exhibition, Friend Among Strangers, opening at the end of this month at Brevard College!  Please see below for details, and if you are in the area, I hope you can attend the reception.

Mountainscape3, acrylic and grit on watercolor paper, 2012

Friend Among Strangers
Sophia Allison

August 31– September 29, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, August 31, 5:30pm

Brevard College
Art Department
Spiers Gallery
1 Brevard Drive
Brevard, NC 28712
Gallery hours: Mon. - Fri., 8:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
Brevard College Art Department is proud to present a solo exhibition by North Carolina native Sophia Allison. In Friend Among Strangers the Los Angeles-based, multi-media artist offers an autobiography of sewn landscapes, works on paper and sculpture which culminate into an installation addressing ideas concerning the emotional connections to one’s own past, the fragmentation of memories and the experiences that meld it all together.
For this exhibition the artist presents work directly connected to and inspired by the organic surroundings of her childhood home in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
In her sewn pictorials, Allison places a printed image on fabric and repetitively sews through the paper, forcing it into the cloth fibers while simultaneously destroying the paper. Parts of the image are recreated with thread on the opposite side of the material. The effect is two-fold: on one side, the landscape is clearly articulated; on the other, the paper image is obliterated, leaving loose threads and uneven textures. The image is simultaneously destroyed and built up; it is recognized as a snapshot of a specific location and at the same time it becomes fragmented and abstracted.
Allison's room-size installation contains a small house sculpture made of cardboard and recycled materials. The house references a gatehouse on her family's property that has fallen into disrepair. This sculpture is situated within a larger installation of thousands of hand cut paper floral pieces that reference local landscape as well as the landscape from her Los Angeles neighborhood.
Her recent works on paper are collaged abstracted landscapes. The forms within these pieces undulate and flow, creating movement in the images. The works are created from Allison's memory of the local physical terrain.

Friend Among Strangers situates the viewer directly within the enveloping environment of the creative mind. The use of carefully selected, tactile material and the physical consequences of the artist’s solitary intentions transform commonplace and discarded detritus into re-born objects of contemplation, recollection and redemption.

For more information, please contact Diane Pomphrey, at 828.884.8188 or email at Visit or

Monday, June 18, 2012

Art for $25 number 62

sewn paper and consumer packaging mounted on lollipop sticks and foam core, approx. 51/4" x 8"

Saturday, April 28, 2012

ShoeboxLA at Craft and Folk Art Museum-TOMORROW

I am so excited that Paul W. Evan's and my space, ShoeboxLA will be participating in a panel discussion tomorrow, Sunday, April 29, at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.  Hope you can attend! Here's the info:

Unexpected Art Encounters Panel Discussion
Sunday, April 29, 3:00p.m.

A Folk Art Everywhere Happening
Learn about several non-traditional art exhibition spaces in Los Angeles. Short presentations will be given covering Playful artist Máximo González¹s 7-year old Changarrito, alternative exhibition projects ShoeBox LA and Mastodon Mesa, and CAFAM¹s Folk Art Everywhere program.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Art for $25, number 61

sewn paper, watercolor and consumer packaging mounted on lollipop sticks and foam core, approx. 51/2" x 8"

Monday, January 30, 2012

Art for $25, number 60

sewn paper, watercolor and consumer packaging mounted on lollipop sticks and foam core, approx. 5" x 7 1/2"