16 April - 28 May 2005
Albert G. Richards
There is a certain familiarity to the collection. A likeliness to a grandmother's relics but with a fuzzy remembrance. The ornate and sometimes decorated personal items have a new take on the past. "It is a lot about memory," reveals Revolution Gallery's assistant director. From the super sized birds, ceramic dishes, ruffled drapery, and floral prints, SO BEAUTIFUL is a thought provoking group exhibition.
Although the items are not grandmother's old collectables, the works of art blend together an art viewing that allows for a dissection as a whole as well as singly. Some pieces stand on their own while others set the background to the scene. The show is essentially about evoking the feeling of the object.
Lightly draped fabric pools into leaves and soft puddles of sculpted cloth. Sarah Wagner (
Immediately entering the gallery, the viewer is confronted with large oil paintings of birds. Yes, giant colorful birds. There is no avoiding the bold, somewhat strange subject matter of artist Thomas Rapai (
Colorful ceramic bowls sit on shelves like fancy candy jars not to be touched. It is funny how in a gallery environment they are seen completely differently than if they were at home on the counter or in a china cabinet. They now have a preciousness to them that may not have existed otherwise. Within the context of the show they contribute to the decorative, delicate theme but as for on their own they might be lost in the spaciousness of the gallery. The artist Leopold Foulem (
Along the back wall (not pictured) is a line of black and white prints that are made using a technique called radiography. Albert G. Richard teaches radiography at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. The detailed value studies are of curving flowers and organic pieces of plant and nature. It is an x-ray view into the meticulous shapes and values of nature. The prints mimic the ceramic bowls' decorative level, leaving less for thought and underlying intent than beauty.
SO BEAUTIFUL is the perfect spring show. The show was currated during one of