So many of our life, and…well…death, experiences cause us to pivot. We all dodge, duck, shift gears and evolve, each in our own way. The existential crisis of the last few years brings so much into focus, even while leaving so many things fuzzy. I have always known that I make art in order to make it to the next day. I have to have projects, too many projects in fact. I need them to extend beyond the time frame that I am able to see or feel. That is what will get me to tomorrow. Conveniently, these last couple of years made it possible to tune in more tightly to what I am trying to do. It also made it necessary that I use the materials that had been collecting for decades. Supply chain limitations made that an imperative. Finally! I had no choice but to open up bins of scrap metal and antique metal mesh. What is all that crap and those odd bits sitting on shelves and lurking in the corners? Let’s tear apart some antique of my parents’ that no one wanted. Ideas, that had been mere frameworks, loomed all around my studio. Now was the time to fully realize them. A running list of new ideas was scrolling out for miles. There is nothing more enjoyable, for me, than to be alone in my studio, working on…anything. I had nothing but time, nowhere to be, no one to see. The title for this exhibition, ALLEGORY, is intended in the classic use of the word. There are hidden meanings in each of the works. ALLEGORY is the coalescence of existential angst, forgotten ideas, forgotten materials, hidden messages and a solid affirmation of who I am as an artist.
Kira Vollman is a longtime contributor and collaborator in both the Los Angeles art world and the experimental music scene. Vollman is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses process and unusual materials in works that are experiential and experimental. She combines painting, photography, sculpture, sound, and repurposed scrap and surplus materials to create poetic landscapes and soundscapes. At times she brings all of these elements together in one piece. Vollman’s works are a means of escape, for her and the viewer or audience. Drawing upon her background as a composer and musician, she often incorporates sound or interactive sonic elements into her installations and sculptures. As half of the Art Rock band “Non Credo” Vollman and music partner Joseph Berardi have performed at festivals in Europe, Canada and the United States. Non Credo is still actively performing and recording. In 2022 Vollman released her first solo album OutZeit The Geist. Released as a Limited Edition art piece, the package is a custom designed, oversized folder with a CD and 28 page illustrated booklet of lyrics.