Front Gallery

Fran Siegel: Superimposition

September 5 through October 14, 2018
Opening reception: September 5, 2018, 6–8pm

Fran Siegel: Superimposition (installation view)
Fran Siegel: Superimposition (installation view)
Fran Siegel, "Suspension Rig”, 2018 pigment, crayon and cyanotype on cotton scrim (3 densities) tinted vinyl, denim and patterned fabric. With upholstered chair and painted string extension, Size: 82 x 73 x 56 inches
Fran Siegel, "Suspension Rig”, 2018, detail
Fran Siegel, "Sift", 2017, paper mache, collage drawing, pigment on paper and drafting film, porcelain mount
Fran Siegel, "Mound", 2018, Quilted and sewn cyanotype patches on cotton scrim (2 densities) and canvas, pigment, cut drafting film, suspended from aluminum dowel. 
57 x 57 inches
Fran Siegel: Superimposition (installation view 2)
Fran Siegel, "18 Days: Meeting Sky/Sea/Earth 01”, 2018, Gauche, Watercolor, pencil, woven collage, 40 x 40 inches
Fran Siegel, "18 Days: Meeting Sky/Sea/Earth 02”, 2018, Gauche, Watercolor, pencil, woven collage, 40 x 40 inches
Fran Siegel, "18 Days: Meeting Sky/Sea/Earth 03”, 2018, Gauche, Watercolor, pencil, woven collage, 40 x 40 inches
Fran Siegel, "18 Days: Meeting Sky/Sea/Earth 04”, 2018, Gauche, Watercolor, pencil, woven collage, 40 x 40 inches
Fran Siegel: Superimposition (installation view)
Fran Siegel: Superimposition (installation view)
Fran Siegel, "Elevation Rig”, 2018 Pigment, pencil, crayon, cyanotype, image transfers, embroidery, and string on cotton scrim (4 densities), denim and canvas. With fabric, wound rope and metal extension. Suspended from aluminum dowel, Size: 86 x 92 x 16 inches
Fran Siegel, "Continuum 14- Coil", 2018, paper mache from image transfer on paper, pigment, steel wire, cyanotype on fabric, porcelain mount, 34 x 20 x 12 inches
Fran Siegel: Superimposition (installation view)
Fran Siegel, "Wind Rig”, 2017, pigment, crayon, cyanotype, cotton scrim (3 densities) tinted vinyl, netting, embroidery upholstered fabric. With scrim and fabric extension. Suspended 2” away from the wall by metal brackets. Size: 82 x 74 x 72 inches
Fran Siegel, "Wind Rig”, 2017, pigment, crayon, cyanotype, cotton scrim (3 densities) tinted vinyl, netting, embroidery upholstered fabric. With scrim and fabric extension. Suspended 2” away from the wall by metal brackets. Size: 82 x 74 x 72 inches
Fran Siegel, Porcelain Leaves, hand-built porcelain leaves mounted on wall, various sizes
Fran Siegel, "Porcelain Leaf 01", 2017, hand-built porcelain, brass wall mount, 8 x 8 x 5 inches
Fran Siegel, "Porcelain Leaf 02", 2017, hand-built porcelain, brass wall mount, 10 x 8 x 5 inches
Fran Siegel, "Porcelain Leaf 03", 2017, hand-built porcelain, brass wall mount, 8 x 11 x 5 inches
Fran Siegel, "Porcelain Leaf 04", 2017, hand-built porcelain, brass wall mount, 8 x 8 x 5 inches
Fran Siegel, "Porcelain Leaf 05", 2017, hand-built porcelain, brass wall mount, 8 x 9 x 5 inches
Fran Siegel, "Porcelain Leaf 06", 2017, hand-built porcelain, brass wall mount, 8 x 6 x 5 inches
Fran Siegel, "Porcelain Leaf 01", 2017, hand-built porcelain, brass wall mount, 10 x 7 x 5 inches
Fran Siegel: Superimposition (installation view 3)
Fran Siegel, "Continuum 13- Port Au Prince", 2018, woven collage paper mache, steel, porcelain mount, 16 x 24 x 12 inches
Fran Siegel, "Continuum 16- Gather", 2018, woven drawing on drafting film and image transfer on paper, porcelain mount
, 24 x 8 x 6 inches
Fran Siegel, “Dip Net”, 2018, paper mache, drawing, steel wire, cyanotype, wood, cut vinyl fabric, sewn and painted canvas, pigment on paper on porcelain mount, 34 x 24 x 8 inches
Fran Siegel, "Continuum 11- Sister", 2018, woven cyanotype and drawing on drafting film, steel wire, wood, on porcelain mount, 20 x 24 x 8 inches
Fran Siegel, "Continuum 10- Para", 2018, 
painted string, paper mache, drawing, wood, fabric collage, pigment on paper, porcelain mount
, 40 x 22 x 12 inches
Fran Siegel, "Reform", 2017, cut and folded collage drawing, pigment on paper, porcelain mount
Fran Siegel, "Continuum 15- Streams and Rivers", 2018, woven image transfer, steel wire, porcelain mount, 21 x 10 x 10 inches
Fran Siegel, "Continuum 17- Deposit", 2018, woven drawing on drafting film, string, and image transfer on paper, porcelain mount
, 40 x 8 x 6 inches
Fran Siegel, "Grift", 2017, scrim, string, sewn and painted canvas, fabric, pigment on paper on porcelain mount
Fran Siegel, "Splay", 2017, paper mache, cut and folded collage drawing, pigment on paper, wood, steel, porcelain mount
Fran Siegel: Superimposition (installation view)

Fran Siegel: Superimposition
September 5 – October 14, 2018

Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 5, 6–8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday September 30, 2:30pm

Lesley Heller Gallery proudly presents Superimposition, Fran Siegel’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.

Superimposition focuses on an interplay between two diverse maritime sites. Chronicling the massive new bridge construction at the largest US commercial shipping port near her Los Angeles studio, Siegel pairs this imagery with that culled from the ancient burial mounds on the Gulf Coast’s Manasota Key—which she discovered and researched during a Hermitage Fellowship there in 2016.

The works in Superimposition build a dialog of intricate and intertwined structures laden with cultural, ceremonial and industrial significance. Suspended like elaborate embroidered tapestries, the Rig series is a layered patchwork of information. Cyanotype sun exposures reveal ghostly under-structures of indigenous plant-life, overlaid with drawings of sprawling urban construction. The rig itself represents a temporary industrial structure imposed on a resistant native land. A relationship of exchange emerges between image sources, cultural histories and viewpoints. Protrusions extend outward from the wall as the drawing splays onto chairs, tails, and strings. These material permutations are further confronted in a series of woven paper-maché wall reliefs in impermanent states between construction and deconstruction, solid and void.
 

Fran Siegel (b. New York City) is known for her sprawling collaged and spatial constructions which are deeply rooted in an investigation of place through the activity of drawing. Siegel’s monumental works have recently been acquired by LACMA, the LA Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

last year her solo drawing project was presented at The UCLA Fowler Museum in coordination with the Getty city-wide initiative PST- LA/LA—which included a Fulbright award to Brazil. Siegel represented the United States in the IX International Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador and was commissioned for a permanent work at the US consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She is currently developing permanent artwork for the LA Metro.  Siegel will be included in Here at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in 2019. Siegel was included in Slash at the Museum of Art and Design and Extravagant Drawing at Dorsky Curatorial Projects. Exhibitions in Los Angeles include at ACME, LA Louver, and Roberts and Tilton. Siegel’s 2013/14 solo drawing project Translocation and Overlay at The Art, Design and Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara was a study of environmental and population shifts, and the subject of a feature article in X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. Notable press includes an artist profile in The Los Angeles Times, and reviews in Art in America, ArtCritical, ARTnews, Artillery, Art and Cake, Asian Art News, The Brooklyn Rail, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Art New England, ArtWeek, LA Weekly, Arts, and Sculpture Magazine.

Siegel is the recipient of a California Community Foundation Mid-career Artist Grant, the City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Fellowship, and the OC Contemporary Collectors Grant. She earned her M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art, and B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art. She is currently a professor in the School of Art at California State University, Long Beach.