Friday, September 18, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
David Barton celebrates opposites. Built from found objects such as mannequin parts and broken machinery, Barton’s figures mesmerize the eye with unexpected combinations. Simultaneously elegant and disturbing, his creatures seem to have walked out of a dream. Limbs end in machine parts. Calm faces float above wheels and wings. Barton invites the viewer to see the work “as part of a much larger story,” one where beauty and ugliness, danger and safety, reality and dream coexist in each being.
Atlantis by David Barton
Two Girls at a Show by Jessica Cohen
She draws with an inquiring line, black on white. “I think art is everywhere,” says Cohen. She captures moments of quiet focus. Her figures are filled with inner energy. Through Cohen’s Insights and Observations we glimpse ourselves.
Man Reading by Jessica Cohen
Insights and Observations is at The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue September 30 through October 25, 2009. You're invited to a reception Friday, October 9, 6-9pm. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, .
Thursday, September 10, 2009
One of my students in the Alzheimer's ward is nearly silent. He sits, hums, and shakes his hands and head "no" when you offer him a pencil or brush. But he had a dog once, and one week picked up his brush and painted a dog. So I brought in dog photos this time, just for Dave, but he shook his head and hands. "Can't see. All fuzzy. No thanks."
So when class was almost over I came back and asked permission to try. When I looked up, the entire class was watching, and, then, briefly, talking happily: about painting, about dogs they'd loved, about family.
When class was over, a nurse came to escort Dave, tall and unsteady on his feet, back down the hall. In the doorway he stopped. "It was really good of you to come today!" he called out. The nurse just about sat down in surprise.
Art is a gift.