Road Art Series
Mixed media on canvas
fter an hour-long walk
along the west shore of the lake
on a crispy warm 70 degree day last week, I stopped by the Bath
House Cultural Center to check out their gallery space for a
proposal due next Weddy.
I didn't think anything was opening there
till next weekend, so I wasn't startled at the nearly empty hallway
gallery. But the Submerged show, nearing completion in the main gallery,
surprised me. I hadn't gone there looking for art. But it's always
nice when I'm wandering through real life and stumble on the
I just peeked at the
entry in the DARts calendar. It says, the show includes work by Kathleen House, Melodee Martin Ramirez, Ginger
Strand, Diane Walker- Gladney, Diana Warrick and Martha Watson.
I knew the show wasn't about being literally
sunk, but I was still unclear on the concept (big surprise) after
a fellow gallery visitor explained her version. Kathy had another
take entirely. I'd gone glassy eyed over reading the PR that
came with the invitation. I wanted it to just be about under
water, and at least a couple less worthy there allude to that
possibility. As often, I liked the work better without the theme.
I couldn't begin to explain or understand
Diane Walker-Gladney's lovely, simple, sensual piece that tops
this story. But my reaction to it was immediate and visceral.
I liked the soft mix of colors and the mysterious combination
of shapes -- I saw it as a tree with bird shapes hovering or
maybe leaves blowing.
The (literally) screened over box floating
just behind the cruciform of "the tree" is beyond my
ken. I liked looking at it, and it still affects me, looking
at and thinking about it now, later. I hope to see it again.
Maybe she'll enter it into Art
in the Metroplex or Craighead-Green's
New Talent show. It easily outclasses everything else in
this timid little show.
After Kathy saw the photo here, she said
it looks like the shadow of a tree on a house with a screened
window. I'd go along with that. She, too, was taken by the warm
colors, easy shapes and obvious quality.
oil on canvas
Filling the far end wall in the main
gallery is a very large, graphically strong four-part painting
by DARts Supporting Member Melodee
Martin Ramirez. I assume some great myth is playing out
before our wondering eyes. I especially liked one white and one
black, heron-like birds standing in the foreground of the four
pieces. Kathy later said it looked like the avenging angel was
after the bird, which might be true, but I liked them fine as
The third piece in the show that captured
my attention was this intriguing construction, with the nice
drawing showing very clear instructions how to set it up still
taped to the front of the riser.
I liked looking at the whole
of Specimen much better than using the suspended magnifiers
to look down into the colored bottles at the crystalline forms
inside, but it was a nice touch. The presentation will probably
be much better when the lights are set.
I'm assuming the work is new, probably
The show is already up with a reception January 19, through February