‘Mirror, Mirror’ at the gallery
August 31, 2010
The question in an upcoming show at the Meyer Gallery will be: "Who’s looking at who?"
"Mirror, Mirror," a group show featuring more than 20 new paintings and sculptures, will present the human form through the hands of 10 contemporary artists.
Figurative painting is hardly a new genre. It dates back 3,000 years to Paleolithic times, but the fascination with seeing ourselves represented has continued tirelessly through the ages. The human image has been used by artists to propagandize or to draw sympathy or outrage.
Traditional painted portraiture, largely obliterated by the popularity of photography, served to record personal histories sometimes idealized and sometimes with accuracy. Today artists are challenged to create pieces that express the human form with individual experience, imagination, and concepts. They often combine that which is seen by the naked eye with that which is not.
Susan Meyer, the owner of Meyer Gallery, once heard an artist say that to paint the human body with accuracy is to dominate it. Yet, when we look at ourselves in the mirror we know that we are seeing only a small physical fragment of our entire being. So an artist’s challenge is to reveal more of ourselves to us.
Additionally, figure painters face the ominous task of painting a subject for viewers that viewers know too well. We know what a human is supposed to look like. In can be unsettling to see ourselves portrayed as anything other than, say, what we see in the mirror.
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Participating artists include Brian Kershisnik, Emily Mcphie, Fatima Ronquillo, Glen Hawkins, Fidalis Buehler, Justin Taylor, Chris Miles, Jim Rennert, Ted Gall and Raymond Bonilla.
Meyer Gallery will host an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The show will hang until Sept. 21. The gallery is located at 305 Main Street. For more information, call 649-8160 or visit http://www.meyergallery.com.