Historical Sofa Art

The annual Sofa Art Show at Arts Visalia this year had a theme that intrigued me…..blending the obligatory sofa image with influences from art through history.

I found a generic old sofa for sale online somewhere, and sifted through my iPhoto collection, finding a serene line of foothills against a clear sky, taken by me in Yokohl Valley. A wildflower photo from the road up to Mineral King floated across the leather sofa in a photoshop layer, a kind of reupholstering….and then a Buddha image, sitting still, was painted and repainted in several colors, leaving a purplish tint to the original gray stone.

digital collage © Elsah Cort, all rights reserved

“Advice to a Young Artist: Sit Still Near a Foothill”, digital collage 8 x 8 inches, © Elsah Cort

SOFA ART XVIII: The Sofa Art Time Machine, A Trip Through Art History

February 6 – March 1, 2013
Opening Reception will be on Friday, February 8, from 6 – 8pm.

Arts Visalia, 214 E. Oak Ave, Visalia CA
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sat 12-5:30 pm

“The first Sofa Art Show was held as a playful response to an unflattering depiction of Visalia’s local art scene as described by a local newspaper writer. Sofa Art Co-Founder Varian Mace, then an art instructor at College of the Sequoias, shared the article with her classes and challenged them to make some “real sofa art” in response. The resulting exhibition was a hit, to say the least, and has been an annual Visalia tradition ever since.” from artsvisalia.org

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