Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sparkle and Pizzazz

REMINDER NOVO TONIGHT 6-9 pm - cold drinks warm heart!

Two artists along 37th avenue
just brighten up a window!

Carla Lobmier & Norma Markley
and their exceptional art works are side by side at Ultima Florals and Jahn's on 81st Street

Carla evokes an influence of literature in her work; all pieces are titled and often contain words or are sometimes amended with short passages from literature. Poets are permitted the pursuit of the lyrical, the metaphor, the emotional connection. The very structure of a poem and what can be communicated in such a small form is surprising, yet graceful. Can images do the same?
The notion of surprise as part of visual pleasure stuck. In contrast, a resting of the mind - to invite contemplation - seems part of my visual equation. Reading + poetry + metaphor + Illinois landscape + shadowy interiors + living looking and asking questions = pictures critical of art without visual pleasure.

“It is the clash or intersection of sex and Americana that she paints with cut paper, draws with thread, embroiders on towels, or writes with the glow of neon tubing. Norma coaxes these incongruent elements until they sit well together, creating works that have been described as ‘thoughtful symbols of throwaway culture.’ ” Norma lives in Jackson Heights and works in her Greenpoint, Brooklyn studio. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art and was awarded an MFA in painting from Columbia University

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