Monthly Archives: March 2005

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’s 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’s 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’s 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