Monday, October 31, 2011
Nora Venturelli's paintings will be on display at Kerrytown Concert House for the month of November, 2011. When you see this group of paintings, you'll be drawn to her exquisite handling and observation of the landscape of Northern Michigan.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The installation pictured here is the namesake of the show.
Evening Gowns for the Midwestern Woman is an installation sculpture of evening gowns sewn from a variety of patterns and fabrics, with some modifications along the way. Each gown is clearly a distinct design from the next, but has a solid connection with the gown adjacent through its hemline. As a result, these individual pieces are all interconnected eventually. The dresses are complex in design and engineering, yet simple in form. They simultaneously hang from the ceiling on hand-made cedar (a la old split rail fencing) hangers, and are tied to the floor and walls, giving an effect of floating together.
The artist says, "This piece allows me to combine several things I love to do – problem solve an idea, sew and camp. Camp?, you might ask. The original idea I had in my head was to have the skirts pop out like a dome tent. This required some further study of our family tent. Measurements were taken, prototypes made and the skirts were all altered with panels engineered to pop out like a dome tent."
The idea for this piece came about gradually, becoming clearer in the artist's head with time and with work in her sketchbook. "Even so," she says, "I was still on the fence with my commitment to the idea as the focal piece for an entire show. Then, an wonderful gallery patron challenged me as we looked at my work early last summer, saying, “I think you're being too neat...to careful. Don't hold back! What are you waiting for?” It was exactly what I needed to hear."