Messy Desk

by Merry-Beth Noble

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Gallery Photos, Relationships

"Relationships" at the Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago was a terrific-looking show, and a great theme idea. As an artist who has been invited to participate in several of this gallery's group exhibitions, this was the most interesting one I can remember.

This show of work by contemporary artists, was framed around the theme of relationships. This idea included not only work that had a type of relationship in the content imagery, but the show was also designed to feature work that was created by well-known artist couples who are in a "relationship."

Because most of my new work was being exhibited in Sofia, and Prague at the time, it was a challenge to come up with an interesting solution to the exhibition theme.

I ended up exhibiting two pieces that formerly had no "relationship" to each other whatsoever, (to be honest.) Miraculously when I placed the two pieces together, a print called "Wonder Woman" and a drawing called "Cowboy Capitol"
it was instant magnetic attraction.

[Images: "Wonder Woman" 2006 single color linocut print, Ed. 10, 8" x 6"
and "Cowboy Capitol, 2006 India ink on paper, 8" x 7"]

Even though the two works on paper are created by totally different methods, ink scratchboard vs. blockprinting, the size, tone & content worked somehow. Perhaps it's luck --

or perhaps its LOVE! Whatever the case, these two American heroes were destined to be together.

Organizing a wide variety of artists with an even wider variety of work is not easy, but in this Winter show, Jean Broday and her team Sarah, Lindsey & Emanuel did a dynamite job.

[Image above: features screenprint by Hague Williams]

Many of the participants were couples who both make work, such as Tony Phillips and Judith Raphael or artmaking families like the Wirsums.

The show included some artists who's work I greatly respect such as Margaret Wharton, Jules Fieffer, Gladys Nilsson, Karl Wirsum, and of course Hague Williams. It was great to be in this exhibition with such excellent creative company.

[Image features the work of Karl Wirsum]

Thank you, Jean!


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