Franklyn Calm (detail),
Mixed Media Collage, 30 x 24" 2012
Suki Kuss’ “Breathing Room” showcases her latest work, an ever expanding search for balance and space. This search has resulted in her new series of heavily layered pieces, integrated with vintage fabrics, lace, reflective materials, threads and sheet music. Each work has intensely layered areas combined with large plains of peaceful space, giving the viewer a “restful place to breathe”. Her work has often been referred to as femmage, a conflation of feminine arts and painting. Sand Brim from the Altered Space Gallery has stated that Kuss’ “work is intricate, emotional and transcendental.” The exhibit is dedicated to the memory of Franklyn Liegal, her longtime teacher and dear friend.
Great Blue Heron With Chicks
Digital pigment print, 28 x 23 1/2
In the Company of Birds
In Cheryl Medow's most recent show, In The Company Of Birds, viewers may be puzzled as to whether they are looking at paintings or photographs. To achieve this effect, in the digital darkroom, Medow interlocks layers of her photographic images of birds, landscapes and flora to provide a dreamy sense of place for her avian subjects. These montages are further integrated with bits of relevant ephemera such as maps, old envelopes, and bird tracks. Medow’s final images raise comparisons to works by early 19th century naturalist paintings and have been referred to as a “hyper-real Audubon.”
Illuminating Cats and Dogs
In her new exhibit, Illuminating Cats and Dogs, Grace Swanson merges the world of matchbook advertising with cat and dog themes celebrated in pop culture. The evocation of nostalgia through the use of matchbooks is a recurring subject for Swanson, who describes her matchbook series as cultural "memory-quilts." Her new work delves further into the world of matchbook collecting, known as phillumeny, by examining cat and dog-themed matchbooks from restaurants, television shows, businesses, and even the military. Swanson emphasizes the bold, graphic nature of advertising by merging the labor-intensive rendering of Realism with the kitsch and bright colors of Pop Art.