Annie Owens

CoproGallery proudly presents Annie Owens‘ solo show, “MOTHERLAND.” Like in Annie’s previous show with Copro, “Terribly Happy,” she continues to introduce us to delicately drawn females that are filled to the rim with restrained emotion, possibly dangerous intent.

Motherland, 2012

Sourpuss study, 2012

CoproGallery - Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. T5
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Opening Saturday, June 16, 8:00 – 11:30. Annie Ownes will be present at the opening.

Aunt May’s Hair, 2012

In addition to Owens’ deft use of watercolor & ink, she has a gift for weaving a deeper narrative into the small details of the scene….

a delicate wind lifting hair & blouse…

Happy Birthday Lorez, 2012

the anxiousness of tightly held crisscrossed toes…

Crows for Lorez, 2012

a scissor point digging into contemplative flesh…

Scissor Sister Lorez, 2012

expressive eyes that quiver with inner turmoils.

Study 1, 2012

In short, viewing Owens’ work is like witnessing the slowly burning fuse of a powder keg. A quiet, soulful journey that may lead to an overwhelming outpouring of bottled emotions.

A lovely interview was written up on Owens in Hi-Fructose. Check it our here.

It also seems that she has a few tricks up her sleeve for the show. When we spoke earlier in the week, she was feverishly working on a series of meter-high houses that would be painted matt black and hung from the gallery ceiling. She spoke with Nathan Spoor of Hi-Fructose about why these house are so meaningful to her. Below is an excerpt from the article mentioned above:

In your recent works a strong character has re-emerged – the wooden house. This is often characterized as its own entity, and might indicate some emotional moment or conceptual expression. Could you tell us about the house elements?

My houses have actually been around for as long as I’ve been making art. I put them up online. For a time, I painted and drew them obsessively… Houses are a lot like people to me. They have personalities. The opening paragraph to Algernon Blackwood’s “The Empty House” describes the nastier side… “Certain houses, like certain persons, manage somehow to proclaim at once their character for evil.” Haha of course there’s the good side too. Houses hold a weird fascination for me, always have. Right now, I’m trapped in this fascination of old shotgun houses that came out of Haiti and are all over the US.

This is one of the drawings for the show MOTHERLAND.

Mother of Tears, 2012

Below are some work-in-progress photos she shared with me. I do not feel the web-res photos do the vast amount of details justice.

Below is a shot of one of her very early mock-ups. It was taken last year at a Halloween party hosted by Annie and her fun-loving, artist husband Attaboy. That house is being held by Annie who is wearing an amazing dress THAT SHE MADE HERSELF…. which leads me to my next thought…. what doesn’t this wonder-woman do?!

The following photos were taken of Annie’s studio when it was quite late in the evening and the lighting was far too low. As I look at these photos I can’t recall if the koo-koo-nutty blurriness was because Atta was cracking me up or if I was just a bit tipsy. I hope you can look past the quirky presentation and see the wonderfully inspirational space Annie works in every day. It’s no wonderful such clever, beauty emerges from her fingertips.

If you are lucky enough to be in LA this month, I hope you will stop by and take in this sublime show in person.

Congratulations Annie on another beautiful body of work!