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Startling, Fleeting Moments: "The Floating World," through September 30 at the Figge Art Museum PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 June 2007 02:46

Hiroshige - Lady with a Parasol Roughly 150 years ago in Europe, Impressionist and young Post- Impressionist artists were first delighting in the ukiyo-e, wood-block prints from Japan.

These images portrayed popular Japanese actors and courtesans, illustrated well-known stories and plays, showed views of landscapes with everyday people, and documented scenes from ordinary life. These inexpensive prints were wildly popular in Japan, and became a huge influence on 19th Century European artists. These prints changed art history, and as surprising as they seem now, they were even more startling in mid-19th Century Europe.

Sensitivity Beyond Celebrity: "Dennis Kendall Hall: Four Decades in Photography," at Leger Gallery PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 30 May 2007 02:35

Marilyn Monroe - Celluloid Survival While Dennis Kendall Hall's work captures numerous famous people and aspects of pop culture, it would be inappropriate to think of his work within the confines of Warhol-ian Pop Art. Andy Warhol focused on celebrity, persona, packaging, façades, and mass production. Hall's work has a sensitivity that more frequently captures the beautiful and eccentric personalities of the "real" world instead of the glossy unreality of the "glamorous."

Control and Freedom: Skip Willits & Kristin Garnant, at MidCoast Gallery West through June 30 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 May 2007 02:31

Nest Tower and Suspended Nest HouseThere is a delicious communication between an artist and an audience through the created works. The movement of ideas into art gives off meanings that we, the audience, can then discover from our own understanding.

Adding the energies and sensibilities of two artists to this mix can be like two cooks in the same kitchen, bumping into each other, working separately but inspiring each other, or blending into a new persona.

A Detour to Passion: "3D RSVP," Through May 25 at the Bucktown Center for the Arts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 09 May 2007 02:23

won_jae_lee_dream.jpg A soft luminescent form gently sways in the air. As it slowly turns, its glowing color shifts from blue to an enchanting violet. Nearby, pale green compostable plastic wedding dresses gives comment to the newfound disposability of what used to be a family heirloom. Watching and waiting on the floor is an internally illuminated octopus made from shaped PVC pipe. These delightful works are just part of the bounty of intriguing three-dimensional constructions awaiting you now through May 25 at the Bucktown Center for the Arts in downtown Davenport.

Web Exclusive: Inspiration Turned Inward -- Holly Hunt & Margret O’Reilly at Catich Gallery PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 May 2007 04:41

Margret O'Reilly There is always some experience that acts as starting point inspiring an artist to begin a work. It could be the light on a surface, a gathering of forms, or the mood of a face. It might be the work of another artist, or a memory. There are thousands of sources. The best beginnings are those that, when filtered through the artist, turn the eye inward, causing discovery in and communication with the viewer.



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