Alice Sharie-Revelski’s displays her “Herb Angels” with lichens and moss from Northern Michigan and vintage hats from her mother, to create a unique and whimsical holiday display. The primitive-looking black and gold angels are stuffed with garden herbs, and draw their inspiration from the artist’s collection of antique dolls. Her doll collection is a frequent source of inspiration and subject matter for her artwork.
My paintings are of figures, landscapes, and still-lifes. When I paint I look at things in a particular way, and silence takes on a sort of musical sound. You could say that in that silence there are those “unheard melodies.” And the people that I paint are listening to their own silent music; and maybe it can even be heard in the landscapes and still-lifes. This is one reason I love to paint.
PPloPLanterman's sculptures and Plotkin's paintings take an intimate look
at people who make their living by working with their hands. Taking
this concept further, the artists explore how the work of one's hands
defines one's identity. They have selected subjects whose work might
range from boxing to baking, from firefighting to tailoring. These
real-life models are represented by two pieces of art, a painting of
the head and a sculpture of the hands. "I'm always trying to reach
through and touch the character inside" says Plotkin. "I go for the
soul". Similarly, Lanterman sees the subject's hands as shaped by
work that become, in her words, "a map of one's experience, a gate to
the landscape of a person's life."
1. the offspring of two animals or plants of different breeds,
varieties, species, or genera, esp. as produced through human
manipulation for specific genetic characteristics.
2. a person or group of persons produced by the interaction or
crossbreeding of two unlike cultures, traditions, etc.
3. anything derived from heterogeneous sources, or composed of elements
of different or incongruous kinds: a hybrid of the academic and
4. a word composed of elements originally drawn from different
languages, as television, whose components come from Greek and Latin.
5. bred from two distinct races, breeds, varieties, species, or genera.
6. composite; formed or composed of heterogeneous elements.
7. composed of elements originally drawn from different languages, as a
In this work I use these definitions of “hybrid” as a starting point for these
newest series of sculptures. I bring together disparate elements from parts
of nature and culture such as real and cast plants, found and cast everyday
objects, opposing materials, animal imagery and industrial materials such as
car and machine parts to create a series of fantastic creatures.
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Patrick Duncan transforms the window gallery on Armitage Avenue into a scultptural environment of brightly painted wood and mirrors. He makes these sculptures from wood salvaged from alleys and curbs, cuts into and paints on the wood, and adds other pieces of reclaimed and reused materials to make surfaces which sparkle and catch the eye.
“My Paintings are often inspired by places I've been, Warren Woods in Michigan; The Mermac River in Missouril; Montauk Point in New York. These places, with their colors and textures imprint themselves, just as I hope these paintings will imprint themselves and transport the viewer to better thoughts and richer places.”
Homeland of Many Nations
The Newbury House Dictionary of American English defines patriotism as “ a feeling of love, loyalty, and support for one’s country, especially in defense against its enemies.”
In United States of America, the word and concept of patriotism are an active part of the country’s political and social vocabulary especially since the events of 9/11 and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The American flag thus is displayed throughout the country’s landscape becoming a visual language for U.S. citizens to show their love, loyalty, and support for their country. However, some of the ways the flag is presented and used (i.e. commercial objects and clothing) are questionable and makes one wonder if patriotism has become an idea ridiculed by consumption and commercialism.
Furthermore, United States in its unique making as a country configured by the conjunction and diversity of cultures makes the meaning of the word patriotism a vague one. Immigrants from every corner of the world have made of this country not only their home but also their homeland keeping it as close in their hearts as the one they came from.
It’s My Flag, three flags made out of photographs taken from the everyday, and Homeland of Many Nations, a flag made out of 256 American flags (one for each country in the world) explore and present these two notions.
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Aviva Alter’s work is concerned with questions and statements that define human nature and experience yet have no certain answer.
The materials she uses in her work are familiar to her in that they have been worn by or fashioned after people she knows or has known. In this installation she uses a shirt worn by her late mother with an embroidered script stitched across the front “how can you measure pain”. With a similar yearning she has made a quilt-like wall piece that states ”exhale one last time” stitched across her own mattress pad that she has pieced together surrounded by narrow strips of a well used white woolen army blanket.
These pieces come together to remind us that we can not easily quiet the emotional residue that we long to leave behind. They bear witnessto the reality that our questions are not easily answered.
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Alan Lerner's work explores acts of violence in war time, as well as conflict in the context of every day life. Juxtaposing civic rituals such as a marching band with injury and death in the war on terror, he illustrates society's need to"honor" and commemorate such geo-political conflict from a distance. The pomp and circumstance of the parade marching band is similar to the discipline and blind allegiance of the military ethic.
The use of potentialy dangerous language is indicative of our society's inability to "just get along": our alphabet functions as a minefield.
Does culture matter?
Does gender matter?
Does preparation matter?
How do we cope?
In June, 2007 Claudia Bucher and I created the performance art piece,
“Will it make any difference?” for Waldkirch Theater, Waldkirch, Germany in which part of the work involved my wrapping and sewing Claudia into a cocoon. Since that time, the notion of the “cocoon” continues to intrigue me and I am exploring the concept in different forms.
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Ricardo Blanco-Gonzalez' work is about memory. “Colors in European stained glass windows from childhood trips to churches. Vietnamese suffering (on TV), images of earth as it was first seen as whole - and its destruction.” There is a physical and emotional component to the work. The two are used singularly as a means to express the complexity of Mr. Blanco-Gonzalez’s experience. We sense the need to find grounding through his use of color and stroke. This has the effect of seeing them as one sees the city at night - driving quickly through rainy streets - leaving only a stream of light behind: impressions. These works are a colorful journey for the eye, and yet their beauty is deeper because they evoke the mystery of the emotional world.
Love For Sale
Working with text and imagery culled from fashion magazines and other periodicals, Louise examines and scrutinizes the covert, subliminal messages imbedded in the media. The subsequent visuals explore ideas and values of beauty and perfection, consumption and objectification.
Her billboard scale installation “Love For Sale” is a collage of candy hearts, cupids, and text describing some of our fantasies of love and relationships. Valentine’s day is a saint’s day commemorating Saint Valentine, a martyred saint of ancient Rome. The day became associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages and is one of the most commercialized holidays in the United States. Approximately on billion valentines are sent each year worldwide.