Posted on Sun, Jun. 24, 2007 by Inquirer art critic Victoria Donohoe
Focus is on the figure at Wayne
The figure is a touchstone of the Wayne Art Center's 39-artist "National
Spring Open Juried Exhibit" curated by Mark Van Proyen, Art
Critic and Associate Professor of Painting and Art History at the
San Francisco Art Institute.
Just now, we're beginning to see for the first time a more instinctive
grasp and knowledge of the figure in lively, broad-based shows like
Wayne's annual painting/sculpture event.
Consider one of this 48-item show's pictures: Grace, a respectful,
larger-than-life pastel of a courageous Lancaster County Amish girl
painted by Teresa DeSeve of Collegeville. For DeSeve, this heroic
child who protected other children in the tragic schoolhouse shootings
last year is a lens through which the world is focused and comprehended.
Several other pieces functioning similarly as a lens are a pair
of vibrant oils of children at play by Lin Xia Jiang of Buffalo,
a meditating standing figure in charcoal by Justin Nostrala of Iowa,
and a snappy and environmentally savvy clay sculpture, The Teaching
Gore, by Cheryl Harper of Paoli.
Other figure works of note are by painters Eleanor Day of Philadelphia,
Ed Watson of Illinois, Glenn Harren of Holicong, Peter Smith of
West Chester and photographers Jim Stogdill of Wayne and Deborah
Hamon of California.
Memorable abstractions, though few, are by painters Marc Salz of
Philadelphia, Steven Altman of Colorado, Elisa Root of Rochester,
N.Y., Victoria Webb of West Chester, Yudith Segev of California
and Paul Gorka of Philadelphia.
A strong show.
Wayne Art Center, 413 Maplewood, Wayne, PA 610-688-3553.
Contact art critic Victoria Donohoe at The Inquirer, 800 River Rd.,
Conshohocken, Pa. 19428.