Seeing Now is a juried selection of new works from the Creatives Exchange artist collective. A multi-media exhibition, the works share a contemporary woman’s perspective. The artwork communicates the current visible or hidden forces shaping the participating artists’ work.
It is the collectives’ members’ passionate belief their shared experiences and exchange of ideas with fellow female artists have shaped their artwork and the works exhibited in Seeing Now.
We offer special thanks to the juror, Catherine Bergmann. Click here for Curator’s Statement.
It was my honor to select works for Seeing Now—an exhibition of the Creatives Exchange artist collective. Kudos to the creators for their provocative and skillful works! In this jurying process—only titles, media and images of the artworks to be considered were provided—with both the artists’ identities and my own as curator, kept anonymous until after the works were chosen.
I was captivated by the thread of poetry that seemed to run throughout all the artworks. Poetry of form, materials, concepts—delivery.
Without hesitation, I declare the photography in this show to be: Pure Poetry! Four photographers, whose distinct imagery is: elegant, spare, revelatory, enigmatic—musical. Even without Suzanne Williamson’s reference to Robert Frost in her titles, the stanzas of Fire and Ice came through loud and clear via image repetition, variation and vibrancy. Paula Brett’s staged raw material photos spoke out loud to me alongside the tender messages of their titles: I’m Afraid I Won’t Remember I + II. No words are needed for Jenny Carey’s Balance and Innocence. As with the gift of Art, I saw myself.
There is poetry in the sensuousness of Rose Rosen’s fused glass works. The poetry of revelation in the intimate functional ceramics by Kim Cummings and Eileen Goldenberg’s compelling figurative forms.
I hope you are drawn to the quiet delivery of Melissa Fair’s encaustic collages as I was. In If Memory Serves, the fogged image of Washington tells the fading view of our democracy. Along the same lines, but with unlikely materials and righteous sass—Kim Radatz’s Globally Flocked says it all. In Her Name Was Betty, we imagine the woman whose assembled shoes—also ‘flocked’—tell another side of the same story. Thank you for your Art—speaking Truth to Power. Don’t stop.
Debra Radke’s mixed media series of sheep evoke an unspoken compassion juxtaposed with such titles as: The Chosen; Close the Border; One And All; Hiding in Plain Sight. Say no more. Or say plenty more. In your perfect language. The one that tells stories that have no use for logic but summon feeling. Brenda Gregory. Suzanne Camp Crosby. Candace Knapp. What the world needs now and what Art was made for.
Thank you. Don’t Stop. Thank you.