Hung Up

by Jennifer Mitchard on April 23, 2014

Hung Up is the new show at Mars Cafe featuring paintings, sketches, and textiles by Heidi Hafner. The painted objects and “tapestries” are executed with great skill and modesty. As the title suggests, all of the works are based on things that hang; drying peppers, an old canvas bag, her work apron, and the woven canvas tapestries. Most of the work has serene colors and a rough finish making the viewer ponder a deeper meaning which Heidi explains in her statement about the work:

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Hafner’s “Blue Tapestry Study” 2011, oil pastel on paper (Source: Mitchard)

"I’m drawn by objects hanging on the wall, the ones often overlooked. They discolor and age, get beat up and gather dust. They gain new textures in their oldness and become lost in their environment.

The beauty of imperfection daily surrounds us. With that in mind, my work leans toward roughness, incompleteness, and modesty.

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Installation shot. Hafner at Mars Cafe. (Source: Mitchard)

This interest inspires me to paint raw, un-stretched canvas. I rip, mar, and mend the painted cloth, capturing the aged look of the things I study. These are my tapestries. I then recreate them in portraits, highlighting details that may otherwise go unnoticed.

I hope my work brings viewers to stop and notice the details, to appreciate their stories.”

Jennifer Mitchard is an artist working in Des Moines. WEBSITE 

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blastedheath:

Ignace Kennis (Belgian, 1888-1973), Man in the rain at night. Canvas, 72 x 93 cm.

blastedheath:

Ignace Kennis (Belgian, 1888-1973), Man in the rain at night. Canvas, 72 x 93 cm.

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gallifreekydeeky:



A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.
The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.
Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.
The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.
"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."
That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.

"ooh!  a poor person in need of help!  i better make sure they get arrested!"  to me, that’s the issue that’s most troubling.  Apart from that, the statue, and the idea behind it, is one of the parts of Christianity that even a grouchy atheist like me has to admire…

gallifreekydeeky:

A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.

The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.

Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.

The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.

"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."

That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.

"ooh!  a poor person in need of help!  i better make sure they get arrested!"  to me, that’s the issue that’s most troubling.  Apart from that, the statue, and the idea behind it, is one of the parts of Christianity that even a grouchy atheist like me has to admire…

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walkerartcenter:


From “Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges”


If you’re in Minneapolis, check out the huge Jim Hodges exhibit showing now. 

walkerartcenter:

From “Choreographing Experiences in Space: Olga Viso Interviews Jim Hodges”

If you’re in Minneapolis, check out the huge Jim Hodges exhibit showing now. 

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artchipel:

Bing Wright (b.1958, USA) - Broken Mirror/Evening Sky (2012)

Broken Mirror/Evening Sky is a new series of striking landscape photographs by New York based artist Bing Wright. Departing from his usual pared down images in grey palettes, Wright offers us moving skyscape photographs of richly colored sunsets reflected onto broken mirrors. This new body of work marks his first return to color photography in almost a decade.

The images are meticulously constructed through a combination of traditional documentary landscape photographs and the subtle manipulations of an image in the studio. Wright photographs sunsets, then projects the images onto mirrors he has broken in the studio. The mirrors are small, measuring just 14 x 11 inches. The artist re-photographs the reflection and then enlarges the image into a large scale format. This beautiful series incorporates Wright’s recurring themes of abstraction and representation – a contrast he masterfully balances by grounding these shards of images into a bold structure. While more abstract than some of his earlier works, the composition carries a narrative that enables the viewer to collectively experience the beauty of the sunsets the artist has captured, while facilitating an individual interpretation of the emotion they imbue. We are presented with pictorial images, fragmented and in disrepair – a reminder that everything beautiful is flawed and imperfect. Bing’s signature large format lends these images symmetry and exact composition, giving them a majestic quality. (src. James Harris Gallery)

© All images courtesy the artist

[more Bing Wright | artist found at mymodernmet]

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