Selected writings from past solo and group exhibitions
In Marisa Merz’s world, shapely forms gaze upward to a realm of celestial beings, glorifying the upward journey of human spirituality. It is in this realm that the artist has found a home, one in which she continues to thrive.
The title piece of Holly Suzanne Rader's latest exhibition depicts prolific American actress Bebe Daniels, who was featured in more than 200 films that range from the silent era through the mid-1930s. Rader adorned the original black-and-white photograph with bedazzling colors and jewelry, transforming the sultry movie star into resplendent royalty. This is a fitting tribute for an artist who aims to transcend the limits of gender roles in society. To her, every woman is a queen.
Porkchop’s paintings, sculptures and photographs are meticulously arranged around an altarpiece, symbolizing devotion to a different kind of holy order. It is in the interstitial space between life and death that the artist glorifies the beauty of spirituality, and awakens deep subconscious demons for his audience.