by Patricia Frischer
|Christine Schwimmer - I wish the night would last forever|
I found the work of Christine Schwimmer trended that wonderful line between visually appealing and emotionally challenging. I have chosen to feature four of her works here. I have included titles which strong clues as to why this are not simple fashion illustrations.
Kathleen Kane-Murrell jump starts the party with a pattern like rendering of every little girls fantasy dress. Julia San Roman surprised me with this group of bird related works...I have a friend with a newly adopted cockatoo and I more fully understand now the romance between bird and women so I could relate this work to the theme of the show.
You wonder if Maite Benito Agahnia haunting shadow figures even make it to the prom, while Theresa Vandenberg Donche's abstracts seem to capture the twirl of a skirt and the giddiness of the dance itself.
Julia C R Gray dissects a ceramic corset and her deep cuts reveal painted agendas within. The wall flowerish Manuelita Brown figure tears at your heart. Let's let Christine Schwimmer have the last word of most teenage girls...a little truth and a little delusion: My Life's a mess, but I look pretty in this dress
Cannon Art Gallery (1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, 92011) presents Seventeen on Being 17 where seventeen female artists evoke and interpret being 17 years old through the great American Prom. In their work, the artists explore this girlhood rite of passage and all its uncertainty, excitement, doubt and hype. Featuring the work of Maite Benito Agahnia, Manuelita Brown, Diana Carey, Bronle Crosby, Susan Darnall, Ellen Dieter, Kaori Fukuyama, Julia C R Gray, Diane Hall, Kathleen Kane-Murrell, Kathy McChesney, Lori Mitchell, Gillian Moss, Alison Haley Paul, Julia San Roman, Christine Schwimmer, Gail Titus, Theresa Vandenberg Donche, Brenda York. Showing until June 17.Free Gallery Hours Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 5 pm Sunday 1 - 5 pmMore info: Chase Dougherty 760-602-2021
|Julia San Roman|
|Maite Benito Agahnia|
|Theresa Vandenberg Donche|
|Julia C R Gray|
|Christine Schwimmer - I do feel like a Princess even though I should be a Prom Queen|
|Christine Schwimmer - My Life's a mess, but I look pretty in this dress|
|Christine Schwimmer - Teenage Dream ...to be a Prom Queen|