Elisabeth Condon: The Seven Seas
In her new painting and drawing exhibition, Elisabeth Condon introduces the 1980s Los Angeles nightclub scene as a metaphor for personal and social transformation. The Tampa and Brooklyn-based artist approaches this landscape as a repository for individual and shared memories, associations, and cultural experiences.
Named after an early 1980s Polynesian-themed bar in L.A., The Seven Seas is comprised of 16 vellum drawings, two scroll paintings, and other discrete paintings that merge the architecture, dÃ©cor, fashion, and palette of the cityâ€™s nightclubs from 1974 to 1981. Glitter, New Wave, and Punk aesthetics culled from personal memories and media images inform these works.
Two scroll-like paintings face each other on the long walls, flanked by paintings on either end of the gallery. The paintings incorporate spray-painted black drywall, stucco, foil, opalescent color, and glitter to mark passages between points of focus while conjuring the outrÃ© look of clubs, such as Rodney Bingenheimerâ€™s legendary English Disco in Los Angeles circa 1974.
Dance Party, Friday, January 11, 7 – 10 pm
Join us for this â€²70s and â€²80s Glam Rock dance party with legendary DJ Yard. Admission is free for Center members and $10 for non-members.
This exhibition is funded partially by a University of South Florida 2012 Summer Research Grant. Additional support is provided in part by Dorsch Gallery, Miami.