Members of the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery explore the theme “Relationships” during February and will host a First Friday opening reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. The show runs Jan. 29 to Feb. 24, 2013.
Pete Wroblewski is among the artists supporting the theme with two bronze sculptures. “Threshold” was inspired by the final scene of the opera “Bluebeard’s Castle,” in which a young woman accepts her doomed connection to a lover with dark secrets. “Curious?” depicts two figures facing one another, wondering whether to pursue a relationship.
Judith Anthony Johnston will show “Master of the Fall,” a mixed media piece in a series of works exploring human nature. “Relationships are the crux of humanity,” Johnston says. “This piece is about cruelty and control, a seemingly common thread in the human experience.”
Marcia Joffe-Bouska includes “Reconstructed,” a mixed media piece portraying the hard work, determination, tenacity and persistence required to rebuild and “reconstruct” a relationship. “The intent was to specifically reference a marriage,” she says, noting that familiar marriage vows are painted into the background. “But it really refers to the recommitment required to make any relationship work. Materials and technique -- red mirror edging the “chasm”, nails, hand prints, metal bands bridging negative space – suggest the difficulties, disappointments, disillusionment, betrayals, sorrows, ‘heartbreaks’ that can occur in any relationship in contrast to its initial promise, hopefulness, fervor, and optimism.”
Linda Hatfield will show “Happy Day with Monster,” in which she explores labeling and identity. “I think the green guy who looks so happy could be the subject, and he views the girl as the monster in his frame of reference,” she says. “The piece is about labels and finding great joy in those who are different from us. The ways we relate to others visually is also part of this image.”
Lori Elliott-Bartle adds “Murmur,” an oil painting depicting an embracing couple entwined in strands of barbed wire. Desiccated leaves fall and blue butterflies ascend around the couple, representing the ebb and flow of relationships, pleasure and pain, evolution and change.