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Visual Poetic Interpretations: Exhibition & Conversation with the Artists at Verve Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
DATE: August 30, 2011

Laurie Archer There's a thread you follow
Ryuijie Poems in Platinum and Silver
Josephine Sacabo Óyeme con los Ojos

Exhibition Dates: September 9 - October 29, 2011

Opening Reception: September 16
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Conversation with the artists: Saturday, September 17th
2:00 pm

Laurie Archer, On the Road I, 10 x 7",
Solar plate etching and thread, Edition of 7
Laurie Archer, On the Road VI, 10 x 7", Solar
plate etching and thread, Edition of 7
Ryuijie, Ice Form 202-10, 18.5 x 23.25, gelatin silver print, Edition of 25
Josephine Sacabo, Copia [vida], 17 x 13",
photogravure, Edition of 12
Josephine Sacabo, La Rosa [vida], 17 x 13",
photogravure, Edition of 12
Verve Gallery opens the September season with work by three artists who work with poetic interpretations in black and white photographic media.

Solar plate etchings of Laurie Archer incorporate thread into the works. Carefully arranging the bits of fiber Archer relates the work to the poem The Way it Is by William Stafford which begins "There's a thread you follow" and also to her personal connection with sewing. Archer's work wonders if the thread is life; its appearance in the prints is elegant and well thought. Strands trace the curves and lines of natural depictions, at times following form, in other moments entangling or hanging loose. In alignment with realities of life's path the works become delicate and difficult visual metaphors for the journey of life. In On the Road VI for example a burnt yellow thread follows the gentle curve of a weathered natural form only to fall and hang loose at the top of the well followed line. On the Road I depicts a branch white, dry, and weathered that has been tangled with red thread. We begin to wonder weather the thread stabilizes or entraps the form.

Unusual and interesting works by Ryuijie literally encapsulate grace. Ice Forms are rhythmic depictions of botanicals frozen into ice. Collected in the spring, the flowers embody a desire to preserve an element, a moment in time, and a beautiful melancholy is born. There is an inherent desire in man to remember if not save or hold onto beauty, youth, or simply the greater "present." Within the context of the show the work's power becomes more potent and the tension between desire to save is contradicted with the inability for anything to endure forever. Also on exhibition is another body of work by Ryuijie, P2, a series of small square platinum palladium prints depicting landscapes, nudes, and abstractions; this is the process for which the artist and his craft are most highly celebrated.

Curious, mysterious, illusive, and inviting are the photogravures of Joséphine Sacabo. In tribute to 17th century Mexican nun, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and in dedication to women everywhere is the series Óyeme con los Ojos [Hear Me With Your Eyes]. Sor Juana was a prolific poet and intellectual who even from within her cloistered cell "created the most renowned salon of her time." Champion of spiritual and intellectual freedom for women she was eventually silenced by the Inquisition. Sacabo draws inspiration from the spirit of a woman who was one of the America's greatest creative lights. Images draw light from darkness, illusive from known; they enchant, entice, and inspire inward reflection.

For more information on the exhibition and conversation please visit Verve Gallery

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