Visual Arts Program
 


Saturday, May 25, 2002 — Sunday, June 30, 2002

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
grants from Temple University and the Leeway Foundation

SAMANTHA SIMPSON: THE SNAKE CYCLE

Presented at:
Hallwalls

The Snake Cycle by Philadelphia artist Samantha Simpson is an iconoclastic pseudo-fable depicting the varied and complex interactions between snakes and bears. Slithering distrustful snakes and girlish, cute bears. It is a visual manouver that allows Simpson to address the broader questions around gender roles and relationship without falling prey to didactic explanations or pretenses to solutions. In many of the works in the series, Simpson's characters appear at moments of crisis or conflict and the brightly-hued, illustrated nature of the paintings impart both a lush visual pleasure and a emotional range that moves from funny to sad to hyper-tragic

Exhibition of works including FERTILE GIRL; ROBOBEAR; SNAKE HUNT; WOUNDED UNION; MYTHOLOGIZING BACK; TRIP TRAP; RABBIT HUNT; BATTLE.

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SAMANTHA SIMPSON: THE SNAKE CYCLE - 2002
May, 2002 - 2002

 
 
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Laylah Ali's work explores power dynamics and interpersonal conflict through compositions that position culturally, racially and sexually ambiguous figures in precarious, loaded, and unexpectedly humorous situations. Ali uses concise—even minimal—imagery that is specific in rendering and intent. While there are narratives in Ali's work, they are stories whose open spaces often give them the atmosphere of fables.