Monthly Archives: January 2005

Gene Carey & Grant Bloodgood

Gene Carey, drawings & paintings
Grant Bloodgood, sculpture
January 27-Febraury 22

           Gene Carey’ paintings and drawings are influenced by outsiders art.  His work is raw and dramatic and taps into his deeper and darker side.  His evocative primitive images of people resemble dreams or as Carey says “drawing while daydreaming.”  One such picture is of two people facing one another, predominately grey and black with purple lines spewing from the taller one’ mouth. The background is a vivid red. The viewer is instantly drawn into the moment and wondering what is happening there.  Carey uses a variety of mediums: pastel and charcoal on paper, oil on gessoed paper and oil on canvas.

                    Mixed media on paper

 
   
   
Grant Bloodgood’ carved wooden sculptures could most easily be described as figurative, yet they have much stronger ties to conceptual ideas than they do to traditional concerns of form and figure.  The conceptual basis of his work is that the inside of the figure is more important than the outside and the human body is a vessel that contains the history of our experiences.   This is most evident in his pieces where cutouts allow us to see inside the figure.  The viewer is allowed to see internal organs, a house or small figures.  The use of the body is a necessary reference in order to set up the context of the works inner dialogue.

   

 
   “Betrayal” wood & mixed media

Jessica Kreutter & Eli Halpin

Eli Halpin, oil paintings & Jessica Kreutter, ceramic sculpture

Reception: Thursday, March 31, 6-9 pm

Show Runs: March 31-April 26

“Money Changer”  Oil on canvas

Eli Halpin will offer paintings of color and whimsy.  Though subject matter may concern children, women knitting or stilt walkers, there is an edge to her work.  In the painting “Two Young White Boys,” children sit at a table pulling the wings off insects while moths flutter in a light above their heads and are captured in bottles on a shelf.  Halpin’ subject matter is the result of her concept of a “petrified idea.”  She explains, “These works are images of people I once knew.  That person becomes a snapshot to me of what they were.”  Halpin paints on canvas and wood panels in delightful freedom complete with paint drips and runs that are integrated into the canvas.    

   
Jessica Kreutter’ sculptures are created in low-fire ceramics.  Her surfaces are a contrast of shiny, liquid glaze with cracked and aged texture in colorful patterns of dots and stripes. Integrated with the clay are other materials such as metal, wood and fabric.  Kreutter’ work is intended to be a playful and humorous commentary, incorporating organic and mechanical features such as propellers, wheels, wings, spikes, animal forms and toy-like parts. She creates imaginary creatures, unknown and undiscovered, that celebrates her attraction to disfigurement, imperfection and irregularity.  This is an alternative world where the playful toys of childhood are combined with deformity, loss and pain.

“Flying Milk Machine”  Ceramic & metal