Friday, August 2nd 2019, 6 -8 pm
August Night Light will feature the work of Jenie Gao, Jaymee Harvey Willms,
Melissa Dorn Richards, and Kate Schaffer, as well as our artist-in-residence Juliette Walker.
Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery (Third Floor)
(On View June 7th - July 22nd, 2019)
Dividers of Daybreak
In my recent paintings, I use hand-cut and painted layered shapes of wood to create complex compositions that symbolically depict the dramatic collisions of weather, light and the landscape. The role that shelter plays in these pieces is a continual exploration. Embedded symbols mingle with the drawing lines of invented sparse landscapes. Beams of light illuminate vulnerable trees and fields, while impregnated clouds loom closely, threatening or spilling over in drops. The drops pour in sheets or dance along in symbolic gesture. These slow moving graphic clouds foretell imminent ruin. The weather is matched only by the strength of the horizon and sun-rays breaking into or sheltering the ground beneath. In some pieces the shelters become the dominant symbol while in other compositions playful birds and beasts provide the metaphor..
second floor Gallery
(On View April - July 2019)
I started drawing in 1959. When I was a child in Chicago, IL. my father would come home every day around 5pm in his 57 Chevy, white top red bottom, 4 door Sudan. He'd pull into the driveway and I'd start drawing his car. Everyday. My father always bought used cars so I always have something new to draw.
In 1993, I got in an accident that messed up my left-hand. After I realized I could no longer use my hand to draw no more I was crushed. Every time I tried to draw I would break my pencil. I broke a lot of pencils and I was sitting there, a grown man, just crying because I couldn't draw.
My girlfriend at the time came in and asked what was wrong. I told her and she said ""if you want to draw you can draw,"" she left quickly and came back from the store after that with three packs of typing papers, and loads of pens and pencils and I sat at looked at a calendar that featured a 39 Cadillac at an angle I wasn't used to drawing. I stared at that car and kept trying to draw it until I got it right. About a year later I had pushed myself so much that I was able to use my hand again.
Now, I try not to miss a day of drawing. I'm relaxed, I'm at peace when I'm drawing. I now work at Schepps everyday at 2 pm, so I try to arrive in the library by 9 am so I can find my spot on the second floor and draw all morning and then start cleaning up to leave for work. Then I go to work and I feel good all day.
First floor Gallery
(On View April - July 2019)
Sharing a dance with another person temporarily merges the souls, as two bodies move as one. Dancers connect hand to hand, cheek to cheek, chest to chest. A shared awareness of one another’s movements is at times so perceptive that it feels like the sharing of a mind. I’ve envisioned Argentine tango, famously a dance for two, as a dance between me and myself. The self portrait of the artist as dancer in various moments of leading and following explores the multiple self theory of personality, which proposes that the individual mind contains different sets of thoughts, desires, feelings, and behaviors organized into different selves. She Herself depicts moments of connection, harmonious to dissonant, within a self-relationship.