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Personal and Public Journeys: Joan Webster-Vore and Fritz Goeckner, through August 10 at QC Arts PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 July 2007 02:52

img_0509.jpg In the new exhibit at Quad City Arts, the concept of the private journey is illustrated by two artists. But by showing only the means of literal transportation - vessels and roads - the artists create something universal to help us consider our own spiritual travels.

Joan Webster-Vore presents dream-like paper vessels of poetic beauty, while Fritz Goeckner shows large, softly bright digital color photographs of rural highway landscapes that offer the everyday in a new and beautiful way.

A Comic Evolution: "Comics, Heroes, & American Visual Culture," through September 9 at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steve Banks   
Tuesday, 03 July 2007 02:45

Reader issue #640 The Caped Crusader crashes through the window. A spray of glass shards partially melds into the two loosely rendered gray figures. Their ominous shapes and the frantic motion of the broken glass add tension to the pugilistic struggle that ensues. That is just part of the skull-thumping, chain-bursting action to be found in the Figge Art Museum's Comics, Heroes, & American Visual Culture, an exhibition light on context but rich with exciting visuals.

Light at Play: Ralph Iaccarino/Silvia Engel through July 31 at the Mississippi Valley Welcome Center PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 02:35

Ralph Iaccarino, Aquatic Rush Hour - Koi Dance Artists Ralph Iaccarino and Silvia Engel are wonderfully matched in an attractive show at the MidCoast Fine Arts Gallery at the Mississippi Valley Welcome Center in LeClaire. Iaccarino paints light and musical colors in a flat space, while Engel works in a shallow space with luminescent three-dimensional colors.

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."

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