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  Julie Allen
November 13 - December 20, 2003
 

In this exhibition, sculptures of wedding and birthday cakes reflect Allenís long-standing interest in the use of commonplace materials in her exploration of the realm of domestic desire. Her cakes are hand-sewn from latex balloons with great attention given to the floral clusters, elaborate ornamentation and surface embellishments on her pseudo-desserts. Allenís skill as a seamstress is evident in these works, which are remarkable for both their meticulous craftsmanship and for the playfulness with which they comment on desire and consumption. Also in the exhibition are a group of drawings in colored pencil of Japanese food, a favorite cuisine of the artist, not only for its flavors but for the exquisite care given to its presentation.
 
 
Cake No. 1, 2002
Balloons and thread
9 X 9 X 4 inches

Cake No. 2, 2002
Balloons and thread
7 X 6 X 5 1/2 inches

Cake No. 3, 2002
Balloons and thread
9 X 9 X 4 inches
 
The Wedding Cake, 2002
Balloons and thread
10 X 13 X 10 inches

Cake No. 4, 2003
Balloons and thread
6 1/2 X 5 1/2 X 6 1/2 inches

Trio, 2003
Balloons and thread
10 X 7 1/2 X 6 1/2 inches
 
Quilter, 2003
Balloons and thread
7 X 5 1/2 X 6 1/2 inches

Raspberry Cake, 2003
Balloons and thread
9 1/2 X 5 X 9 1/2 inches

Suture, 2003
Balloons and thread
6 X 4 X 8 inches
 
Cake No. 5, 2003
Balloons and thread
5 X 6 X 6 inches

Cake No. 6, 2003
Balloons and thread
7 1/2 X 4 X 7 1/2 inches

Departure, 2003
Balloons and thread
9 X 3 X 6 1/2inches
 
NASA, 2003
Balloons and thread
7 1/2 X 4 X 7 inches

Cake No. 7, 2003
Balloons and thread
7 X 5 X 6 1/2 inches

Cake No. 8, 2003
Balloons and thread
5 X 5 X 6 inches
 
Cake No. 9, 2003
Balloons and thread
5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 6 inches

Sea Cake No.1, 2003
Balloons and thread
7 x 5 x 7 1/2 inches

Sea Cake No. 2, 2003
Balloons and thread
7 x 6 x 7 inches
 
Sea Cake No. 3, 2003
Balloons and thread
8 x 5 x 7 1/2 inches

Sea Cake No. 4, 2003
Balloons and thread
10 x 5 x 7 inches

Sushi Salad, 2000
Colored pencil and graphite on paper
14 x 11 inches
 
Assorted Sashimi, 2000
Colored pencil and graphite
on paper
14 x 11 inches

Fresh Shrimp Appetizer, 2000
Colored pencil and graphite
on paper
14 x 11 inches

Cold Noodles, 2000
Colored pencil and graphite
on paper
14 x 11 inches
 
Ham, Vegetable and Egg Rolls, 2000
Colored pencil and graphite
on paper
14 x 11 inches

Soy-Simmered Golden Thread, 2000
Colored pencil and graphite
on paper
14 x 11 inches

Example of a Complete Japanese Meal, 2000
Colored pencil and graphite
on paper
14 x 11 inches
 
Teppanyaki, 2000
Colored pencil and graphite on paper
Diptych, each 14 x 11 inches
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