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Exhibit on Display: Mothers, Fathers, Sons & Daughters
May 10, 2019 - June 16, 2019
May 10 – June 16 – This collection of exhibitions speak to how our parents influence us, how we influence our children and how our children influence all of us.
In this life we are not able to choose our parents, nor are we able to choose our offspring. However, the dynamics of these relationships play an integral role in our development and sense of self. Our identity is linked, by blood or by love to a person we may never fully understand. In the quest to understand these complexities, artists find inspiration. Sometimes creating work to process the aging and eventual passing of a parent or to document the incredible experience of pregnancy. Sometimes we turn the tables and look at the work of children to comprehend life’s lessons, drawing inspiration from their far-out and innocent ideas. Further, from a child’s perspective, inspiration might loosely mimic a parent or it may come from left field with no understandable correlation to anything. Considering this causality and the reciprocal nature of parent-child relationships within the field of fine art, we expose personal reflections we all might feel at one time or another.
The Polly Addison gallery features the long hidden and unknown work of Polly Addison. She was a long time supporter of the Dairy and also an artist herself. The work on view includes two etchings of her daughters and two paintings inspired by her mother, along with a series of drawings.
In the MacMillan Family Lobby, Michael McCaffrey captures the subtle changing details of his aging 78-year-old father in his childhood home. His large, gestural oil paintings oscillate between accurate visual representation and abstraction. “I hope to capture the truth of my father as he is now, because, as my father is fond of saying, ‘The truth is, the truth changes.’”
Nico and Rowan Tripodi, ages 4 ½ and 2 ½ share the Hand-Rudy gallery with Leo and August Bernhardt, ages 6 & 4 showing work inspired by or entirely not inspired by their artistic parents. Work from Nico and Rowans parents, Kaitlyn Tucek and Matthew Tripodi will also be on display, as well as the work of Michael Bernhardt, the father of Leo and August.
Within the McMahon gallery, four artists share the journey of life starting with pregnancy to how parents influence our identity and to the heartbreak of parental loss. Blanca Guerra-Echeverria & Paul Echeverria welcomed their first child on July 10, 2019. During her nine-month pregnancy, Paul agreed to care for a series of embryonic ceramic pieces created by Blanca and to keep them on his person at all times. The documentation of their collaboration, “Things That Want To Be Held…That I Want To Hold” shows Blanca’s work along with photos of Paul caring for it. “36 Days” by Paul Flippen, examines the emotions and ethics of the end of life, through drawings and text describing the narratives of one’s family experiences. Thirty-six drawings of pen and ink weave in and out of thirty-six panels of text detailing the artists relationship with his father and his reaction to his passing.
Also on view is the work of Mark Fitzsimmons, a veteran, who upon returning from service found that his father had altered or discarded most of his artwork. “Head as Décor” is one such altered work that was originally glazed blue with empty eye sockets, but was transformed by bronze spray paint and fake eyes. Flipping the script for the exhibition, Mark updated and added formal elements to a drawing his father created in the late 1970’s.
Mothers, Fathers, Sons and Daughters will open on May 10th, starting at 5 pm. At 5:30 a brief introduction and discussion of the works on view will be made. The reception is an opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists and curators. Live music, light fare for attendees, plus drinks available for purchase. All receptions are free and open to the public.