The 303 Gallery is proud to present our first one-person exhibition of sculptures by Anne Chu The works are made of wood, fabric, cast bronze and embroidery creating a group of figures, landscapes and large-scale marionettes.
One black raven perches high on a shelf overlooking the other works which include a dwarf from a Velazquez painting, a man in a plaid suit, a seated woman, a puppeteer and a landscape. The works draw from a variety of sources which include figures and paintings from medieval Europe, and ancient China. Although inspired by specific sources the figures do not illustrate particular narratives. The least human like figure, “Bestial”, has bear-like appendages and a carved wood head whose expression vacillates between comical and fearsome. The creature has a monumental presence, yet is made simply of wire and fabric. The sculptures hang from guiding crosses suspended from the ceiling, making the space seem like a stage where the figures wait in a state of readiness. The landscape sculpture is an embroidered rendering of a landscape sewn on pieces of wool and cotton loosely draped over a wire form.
Anne Chu has received awards from Anonymous Was a Woman and the Penny McCall Award in 2001, the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 1999, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Competition in 1997. Since 1998 Chu has had solo exhibitions at the Dallas Art Museum, Dallas, TX, The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA and the Indianapolis Museum of Art Indianapolis, IN. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH. Chu will have a one-person exhibition at North Miami MOCA in 2005.