Discover Local Artists: at the fair

Some local, some not so local. Here are some images and thoughts from artpalmbeach, our first fair this season.

Kudos to West Palm Beach artist Cheryl Maeder, whose work was exhibited at Galerie Mark Hackem, Paris, New York!

Cloud Nine IV
Far & Away II
Cheryl Maeder

How little we are in the cosmos, Maeder said. “We think we are the only ones, here. But we are part of a much larger realty.”

Even so, she said, each one of us is important unto him or herself…

About her work, she likes to quote Leonardo daVinci.

“The eye sees clearer in dreams, than the imagination awake.”

Her “Cloud Nine” and “Far & Away” series really capture that effect, and are quite other-worldly. A dream can be an illusion, or an expression of our hopes.

She makes her people soft and gentle, an interesting contrast to other artists’ works that are supersized and startling with people who look more real than real.

Miami artist Danilo Gonzales installed his “Forest” along with his thoughts about what a forest means, its disappearance, and what that will mean.

Forest

“Everything is in the forest,” he said. “And you’ll find everything in there.” He’s put toy solders, painted white,

Danilo Gonzales

because children play with these toys, and he wanted to counteract the violence that they symbolize for him.

Also hidden within his forest are little animals, as well as interesting shapes.

The wall caption accompanying his work does not contain the title and dimensions, but chronicles the forest from the beginning of the earth. Gonzales has something to say about the fragility of earth and the disappearance of its precious treasures. He is concerned about what is really an important part of the earth. What he has to say is not just an artist’s statement. He doesn’t offer a political viewpoint, and this is not actually environmental art, but rather, it’s about consciousness raising. The people who come to this art fair and wander through his forest — will they understand?

A small part of Paley’s zoo installation

Obviously, zoo animals are not the first things that come to mind when you think about fine art, but Albert Paley’s metal sculpture created for the St. Louis Zoological Park features animals he’s fashioned out of steel, managing to keep them looking feathery and fragile.

And then, this one.

The Queen’s Staircase at Versailles

At first glance, it recalls the work of M.C. Escher, and, sure enough, that was what the artist, Jean-Francois Rauzier,  intended. “A play on Escher” was noted on its wall caption.

Anybody who has seen Escher’s impossible drawings will be confounded by the similarity. Here’s an artist, Rauzier, who took a real place, “The Staircase of the Queen at Versailles” — and made an Escher-like photo montage. Clever of him to use Versailles, a place that Louis XIV “made up” to overwhelm his nobles and keep them occupied so that they would not plot against him and overthrow him.

artpalmbeach, at the Palm Beach Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, continues through Monday, January 24. Hours are noon until 7 p.m. on Sunday and noon until 6 p.m. on Monday. Tickets are $15 for a one day pass.

Coming up soon are the American International Fine Art Fair, February 5 through 13, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, February 18 through 22.

The Palm Beach Fine Craft Show will be held March 4 through 11.

PB Post article link, Jan. 22, 2011

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