Art on Paper Exhibit at the Weatherspoon!

Dudes, the Weatherspoon is awesome.

And as evidence, mosey on over to their website and take a gander at one of their current exhibits, the highly looked-forward-to Art on Paper showcase. [Click HERE!] Art on Paper shows works made either on or out of paper.

Currently, this is the 42nd Exhibition and as many traditions that have been around as long as Art on Paper has – since 1965, in fact – it continues to be a much anticipated event. But something was different this year…

“As a special feature this year, Curator of Exhibitions Xandra Eden formed an advisory committee of artists whose work was presented in Art on Paper (AOP)2006, 2008, or 2010 to select the invitational portion of the exhibition. The committee includes: Tomory Dodge (AOP ‘08), Franklin Evans (AOP ‘06), Jiha Moon (AOP ‘08), Frank Selby (AOP ‘10), and Stacy Lynn Waddell (AOP ‘08). Each of these artists nominated five other artists to participate in this year’s biennial,” explains the Weatherspoon’s website.

Not many of the works are shown on the website, but six are. One work shown in the online gallery, Karen Heagle’s “Weedburner”, is particularly compelling to me. It’s acrylic, ink, and collage on paper. All media are very unified and work together to create a pleasing optical and aesthetic experience that is very realistic. The line work and color use draw the eye from the top of the work with the fiery colors, down around the wheel barrel, and finally out of  the right side where the pitch fork escapes the confines of the paper canvas. The smooth lines and strokes in the middle of the work are balanced by the patches of striking green, white, and yellow grass. For some reason, I get the feeling of rebirth from looking at this piece – possibly a connection with fire somewhat like the mythical phoenix. Legend has it that when the phoenix bird reaches the end of its life, it bursts into flame and is reborn from the ashes as a chick to start the life cycle all over again (think Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone). The title is “Weedburner” – could this be a symbol for burning the metaphorical weeds in our everyday lives? Or perhaps burning rotten memories? An article featured on Art in America Magazine’s website also addresses these images (which qualifies my thoughts!) See this article HERE.

Karen Heagle, “Weedburner”, 2011, acrylic, ink and collage on paper, 64 x
64 in. Courtesy of the artist and I-20 Gallery, New York. (Photo from Weatherspoon’s Website)

To see more of Heagle’s inspiring work, just click HERE and enjoy!

Art on Paper showcases many, many, MANY, more works like Karen Heagle’s. Go over to the gallery and check it out – some of your fellow classmates and  professors already have!

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