Gallery News

Lesley Dill’s Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Lesley Dill is one of the most prominent American artists working at the intersection of language and fine art. Her elegant sculptures, art installations, mixed-media photographs, and evocative performances draw from both her travels abroad and profound interests in spirituality and the world’s faith traditions. Exploring the power of words to cloak and reveal the psyche, Dill invests new meaning in the human form. Paper, wire, horsehair, photography, foil, bronze, and music comprise elements through which the artist conveys the complexities of communication. The often secret, indecipherable, and bold meanings of words emerge not only from hearing their sounds, but by feeling them—language is a visceral, bodily experience. Dill challenges the viewer to confront our linguistic relationships as well as perceptions of language itself. Read More

Rob Wynne: I Remember Ceramic Castles, Mermaids & Japanese Bridges at the Norton Museum of Art

New York-based artist Rob Wynne, who creates stunning and beautiful sculptures, reliefs, and installations inspired by diverse sources such as art, literature, and nature, will create the second site-specific project for the Norton’s main lobby. He has manipulated glittering, mirrored glass to create symbolic shapes and texts that simultaneously appear reflective and seem invisible. With this material, he gives form to a snippet of someone else’s conversation or an evocative idea such as “silence that wants to speak.” For this project, Wynne will integrate the natural world–birds, sea, air, flora, and insects – distinct to the Norton’s location through glass-beaded drawings and hand printed wallpaper, and incorporate examples of art from the Museum Collection. Read More

“Willie Birch’s Art Brings Shades of Light to the Crescent City,” New Orleans Living

Birch moved back to the Crescent City in the early 90s after receiving a Guggenheim grant to produce a body of work based on growing up in New Orleans. He bought and gutted a property on N. Villere Street, which eventually became his studio space. The old stomping grounds of Mardi Gras Indian Chief Tootie Montana and jazz legend “Jelly Roll” Morton, Birch couldn’t have felt more at home. He began compiling life-sized color portraits of African Americans, but his work has since evolved into black and white through use of acrylic and charcoal on canvas. Read More

“Just (a few more) Kids: George Dureau, Robert Mapplethorpe and Company,” Jeu de Paume

Dureau, on the other hand, was a people person, not an aesthete like either Mapplethorpe or Weston. His pictures breathe, they pulse, they are hot with the blood and sweat of the sitters who joined him in his apartment on Esplanade Street in the city where he was born, and sometimes posed with props that were part of his personal effects. Edward Lucie-Smith, who wrote a fine introduction to a book of Dureau’s photographs published in the 1980s, compared the artist’s ability to transform these autobiographical encounters into photographically classical pictures with the writing strategies of Baudelaire, most notably in the Tableaux Parisiens of Les Fleurs du Mal. Read More

“Artist Mark Flood makes a rare appearance at…his own exhibition,” CAPITAL NY

Flood’s most recent works are his “lace paintings,” which he’s been at for more than a decade now. Originally conceived as backdrops for his text incitements, the lace paintings took on their own life. Painted in acrylic on canvas, the images are created by using tattered lace pieces—sourced from thrift and fabric shops—as stencils. They are dipped in paint, then spread on the canvas, then painted over, then removed (the timing for removal is evidently key). They are intricate, delicate, technically innovative, and abuzz with color: wholly unlike anything else he’s done. They have certainly become highly sought-after and are largely responsible for the invigoration of his career. Read More

“No ‘Sacred Monster,’ Just a His-Way Artist,” New York Times

To call someone an artists’ artist is often just a craven way of saying, “Sorry about your career.” But over the past two decades the Houston painter and punk propagandist Mark Flood, 54, has fit the bill, beating a fevered pulse beneath the work of many younger artists, who have been inspired by his anarchic humor and disturbing vision of contemporary culture. Read More