Detail, Ride or Die Chick, 2016. Watercolor, gouache, and pen and ink on paper. 48x30 inches.

Detail, Ride or Die Chick, 2016. Watercolor, gouache, and pen and ink on paper. 48x30 inches.

diPietro Todd Union Square announces Entanglement, a solo exhibition of new work on paper by Naomi Alessandra.

Free and open to the public, the series of 25+ paintings on paper will be on view from November 5, 2016 through February 3, 2017 at the salon's 177 Post Street location near San Francisco's Union Square.

The artist's fashion illustration background serves as a starting point for these figurative water media pieces, which place a series of spectral characters in the context of current social touchpoint and environments. Signifiers of cultural identity and modern existence—fashion, gender, hair, skin color, urban and suburban motifs, skateboarding, tattoos, mobile devices—are woven into the narrative as the characters navigate personal and shared landscapes. 

The paintings have one foot in contemporary reality and one foot in a mythic realm, but the exhibit posits that these two spaces have become one and the same in our age of hyperconnectivity and simultaneous isolation. The work grapples with the postmodern rejection of objective reality, with subjective perception being thrust to the fore as characters are distorted, superimposed, and entangled with one another and themselves. The artist employs techniques of multiple exposure and transparency that allow identity, time, and space to seem fluid and intangible yet rich with meaning.

The framed paintings range in size from approximately 18x22 inches to 55x75 inches, and are available for sale. Venue hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9am-6pm, and Saturday, 9am-4pm.