–FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–
I Wish, the art of Into the Woods, created by Christina Sweet
and Alisyn Palla.
On April 25, 2013, The Empty Space Gallery will open an exhibition of fine art depicting the twisted staged fairytale of Into the Woods.
Into the Woods, a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, and directed by Brian Sivesind will be performed at The Empty Space during the run of “I Wish.”
The two main characters of this show, the baker and his wife, under a wicked spell of infertility, are sent on a mission by the witch to find four items to break their childless curse: a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, a slipper as pure as gold, and hair as yellow as corn.
Using a cool palette of acrylics and welded metal, artists Christina and Alisyn, together, connect with the dark whimsical mood of the staged production by creating a painted dreamy night sky of stars reading (like some sort of make-believe consolation) “I Wish,” peeking out from a wild forest of black metal trees to coincide with the opening number of the show. The artists felt the importance of this piece for their body because all
of the characters step out to express what they wish for during their life-changing, yet terrifying journey.
Having to choose between Jack, Rapunzel and Little Red, Sweet gives an emotion of concern for our innocent children by painting a young adolescent girl wearing a red cape, ignorantly holding a fierce blood-thirsty axe to protect herself from the
world. This is just a taste of what is to come during this epic story.
Next, Palla decides to take on Rapunzel by giving the audience a tall, dark, doorless tower (made from theatre-style brick) with only a single window. From this small window, the sharpest untouchable metal hair cascades down to the floor, leaving the viewer with the most irresistible
urge to climb the glowing yellow locks. But beware, handling this hair can ruin everything.
The two artists end up telling the entire story with only eleven pieces including: the The Big Bad Wolf; Cinderella’s meddling, lentil-finding, eye-piercing birds; the Witch herself; her final two requests (a cow as white as milk, and a slipper as pure as gold);
and not to forget the temptation of Jack by his accidental beanstalk that brings down the entire show!
The exhibit runs from April 25 to May 17. The artists reception will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 2 to 5pm. The public will be able to meet the artists, chat with actors from The Empty Space production, and enjoy refreshments while
accompanied by recorded music from the original Broadway cast. Admission is free, but donations are cheerfully accepted. The Empty Space Gallery is located at 706 Oak St. Bakersfield, CA 93304. Esonline.org
Written by Jesus Fidel
-“I Wish” 16×20 acrylic on canvas by Christina Sweet -metal frame and metal trees by Alisyn Palla