Merrily We Grow A-Longing
Karen Frimkess Wolff and Dori Atlantis
May 20, 2012
Merrily we grow along, looking at ourselves looking for a new or renewed place. Searching for wilderness or a pure place as we think it might have been before us, we find our imaginations and posit new harmonies instead. Most recent in our twelve year series of installation works about forests and human relationships with landscapes, Merrily We Grow A-longing continues the evolution of forms that began as allusions to urban longing for nature and current artificialities - cell phone towers dressed as trees. Now studded with references to human history and artifacts, three extended tree forms symbolize past, present and future and Earth, Life and Space. In a generally triangular formation, referring to repeating and connecting cycles, using recycled materials with rainbow colors, we have a form and environment that suggests successful solutions to current problematic issues of intense civilization. As heirs to the reverent values that have informed Romantic American art about landscape, with Merrily We Grow A-longing, we envision a positive future for Earth and human life within it.
Karen Frimkess Wolff was born in Los Angeles, received her BA in Painting and Drawing from U.C.L.A. and MA in Art History from California State University Northridge. Her work has been exhibited extensively in California, throughout the United States and in Germany. In 1991 she received a Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Grant. In 1976 she was one of thirty Americans nominated for the Paris Bienniele. Her work consists of drawings, constructions and installations, which usually follow natural or landscape forms and often involve an element of sound. Wolff is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and continues to work both individually and collaboratively. Her recent work includes an exhibition of drawings at Happy in Los Feliz, CA and an installation in Tarfest 2011. Recent collaborative shows with Dori Atlantis include two installations at American Jewish University, an installation for the Gate Projects, Glendale, CA and site specific installations and individual works at Alpert Jewish Community Center, Long Beach, CA and Flag Stop Contemporary Art Event, Torrance, CA.
Dori Atlantis was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Lower Sierra Nevada Mountains. At California State University, Fresno, she became a founding member of the Feminist Art Program under the direction of Judy Chicago. Atlantis received her BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Atlantis works in mixed-media Sculpture, installation and digital imagery. She has exhibited throughout the United States and is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association. Her recent work includes a mixed media art installation in Tarfest 2011, an art installation in The Hatchery: East of Fresno, Badger, CA. Recent collaborative art installations with Karen Frimkess Wolff include two installations at American Jewish University, installations for Gate Projects, Glendale, CA and FlagStop in Torrance, CA.
This exhibition is sponsored in part by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Coastal San Pedro Neighborhood Council, and the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council.