Among the artists featured in a group show, “Bounty,” at Mary Woerner Fine Arts November 20 through December 18 are Hanne Niederhausen and Terre Rybovich.
Niederhausen works in a variety of media experimenting with various materials and techniques. In “Scroll Down,” the three upper images are photographs taken on travels through Europe, whereas the three lower ones are painted and drawn in gestural layers of ink, acrylic and graphite on hard boards.
“This piece brings together my interest in books, printmaking, as well as in the history of writing systems,” she said.
Historically, a scroll is a roll of papyrus, parchment, or paper, which has been written or drawn upon for the purpose of transmitting information or for decoration, she explained. “Nowadays a scroll is used in a virtual rather than a physical sense – the action of scrolling has become an integral part of our daily lives at the computer. How often did you let your screen scroll down today?”
“Scroll Down” might convey a seemingly old feeling, yet is contemporary in its message.
“Here’s what I do when I draw,” Terre Rybovich said. “I start by blackening a sheet of paper with charcoal. Then I lie down naked on it, leaving a clear imprint of my body. The imprint is what defines the drawing—not me, the artist. I say I collaborate with chance, but I’m the one doing all the work. This method of drawing is not the easy way out: Even though I’m collaborating, it’s a long, hard process before I can let go of a drawing.”
The imprint of her body defines the text or symbols as well. “I just transcribe what my body gives me,” she said.
When the brain sees text it jumps into action: “Oh look, there’s work for me to do.” Our brains want do decipher, to find meaning in patterns. They find pleasure in that,” she said. “Yet in this case, in incorporating the whole body in generating text, the brain has to work a little differently. The message is elusive. It’s what you make it out to be.”
But it’s still an ice-breaker, she added. And ultimately the message is, “Talk to each other. We need to talk to each other.”
Mary Woerner Fine Art is at 3700 South Dixie Highway, #7, West Palm Beach. An opening reception is on November 20, from 6-8 p.m.
For more information, call (561) 832-3233. or visit Mary Woerner Fine Art’s site.
Also, on Saturday, Nov. 20, is the fourth annual 10X10 exhibition from 6-10 p.m. at Lake Worth Storage, featuring sixteen installation and performance art pieces in self-storage units measuring ten feet square or less.
The audience must wander the industrial facility of several hundred storage units to seek out the art installations, which are spread throughout the space. When one comes upon an open unit, it is a total aesthetic surprise, revealing the ingenuity of the artists who have created intense multi-media, conceptual art installations in 10 square feet or less.
The eighteen regional artists participating in the exhibition are Laura Atria, Steve Backhus, Birds are Nice, Aliya Bonar, Gage Branda, Christian DeFazio, Angela DiCosola, Mark Franz, Nicole Gugliotti, Kristin Miller Hopkins, Lauren Jacobson, Brad Lewter, Shark Man, Patrick Maxcy, Sally Ordile, Dana Matthew Shores, Misael Soto and Adrienne Turk. Half of the artists are new to the show.
For a taste, here’s the description of Unit 2185 Adrienne Turk’s “Lair of Mourning Dove.”
This piece is a raw self-portrait about coping with loss and the strange process of grieving through the Jewish mourning ritual, Shiva. Text of the mourner’s prayer looms amid personal and iconographic (symbolic) references coated in fleshy, temporal latex. Haunting rendition of the graveside prayer EL Molai Rachamim (God Filled With Mercy) by my cousin Noa Tucker. In loving memory of my father Sol Turk.
A new feature of the exhibition this year will be The Store Unit with small, affordable art works by the participating artists for sale. 10×10, produced by Walker-Tome’s ArtSite Projects, is fully funded by the admission charge of $5 per person. Lake Worth Storage is located at 4166 South Military Trail, Lake Worth. Limited on-site parking (with ample nearby street parking available). For more information call (561) 670-9658.