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Kaleidoscope

July 13, 2012 – August 31, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Kaleidoscope

“Kaleidoscope” is a combined exhibit wherein the artists display their paintings with cartoon imagery, often revealing shared inspirations.

The exhibit includes 47 colorful collages of cartoons that excite emotion.

Susan Nichols paintings are inspired by Velazquez’s painting “Las Meninas”. Nichols will display 20 paintings that convey a story. Nichols states “Las Meninas” is full of interesting faces, figures, and implies a rich family narrative. “I have humbly used this great work as a jumping off point for my own cartoon-like musings on contemporary girls and their lives”. Nichols uses her surroundings and the inspiration of other paintings to influence her art work. She concludes, “Like a magpie I steal from whatever catches my eye”.

Artist Elizabeth cook’s paintings explore the space that exists in our minds and our memories. Her paintings evoke an ambivalent mixture of emotions. She tries to incorporate the past with the present, the wonderful with the horrific. Her purpose for igniting these emotions it to create a depth that mimics our lives and all that we have experience. She states, “My work collages disparate elements to show how happy bonds with sad, good memories with repellant ones, and hope with the bitterness of unmet expectations. The opposite must coexist, just as there can be no light without darkness”.  Cook’s work is beyond what you see at face value; it however, excites ideas that are beyond words.

Artist Jennifer Wheeler body of work is about the obstacles of being a young girl. She conveys these implied dangers in the images through paper sculptures that represent still life set ups. This is an artist that many viewers can relate to because it reflects back to a childhood sphere. Wheeler uses a golden leaf on her work as a way of presenting an allegory of childhood. She states, “Creating images of themes that seen as if they should be happy ones- wonderlands, circuses, nursery rooms- but have content that is somehow treacherous interests me, and continues to impel my work in this direction”.

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