|Liese Bronfenbrenner, "Good Earth," 22" x 31".|
Liese Bronfenbrenner is another one of the artists who used "The Good Earth" as a title for their piece. Liese is setting the tone tonight for simplified works. By "simplified", I mean expression of realistic forms or scenes using smoothed, or simplified lines. This doesn't necessarily indicate that it is unsophisticated or not rich....Indeed, there is an elegance to Liese's piece. The lettering in the background says "Our School Good Earth Exhibit." Her artist statement is simple:
"How does the younger generation percieve the "Good Earth"....as a globe in nature's colors, or as a shiny , glowing ball, or as a seedling sprouting from the dark soil."
I found the connection with school interesting in Liese's case...Liese's husband, Urie, was a co-founder of the Head Start program and promoted a holistic approach to human development. While it is probably co-incidental, Liese portrays 5 figures....and Urie's Ecological Systems Theory which greatly influenced how psychologists and other social scientists analyzed and approached human beings and their environments, is based upon 5 environmental systems. I am walking a thin line here as generally, I think that people often read too much into images supposing the artist's intent....which can result in wild suppositions and an almost rude imposition of the viewer or reviewer's thoughts onto the artist's view.... At any rate, Liese's choice of colors and the elements in this piece are certainly pleasing.
Liese Bronfenbrenner resides in Ithaca, New York and has a long history of working with fiber, particularly in quilts and soft sculptures. She is a repeat exhibitor at Aullwood. You can see her pieces from 2009 and 2011 on my blog.
|Fran LaSalle, "Lunchtime", 20" x 22", $250.|
This year Fran has two pieces in the show, and of the two, I enjoy this second one the most. "Apologies to Grandma Moses". Fran spent a lot of time on this one adding little details...I think some of which must have driven her crazy.
|Fran LaSalle, "Apologies to Grandma Moses," 20" x 26" NFS.|
|Anne Fazzini, "Vineyard View," 22.5" x 24" $250.00|
|Ann Fazzini, "Contour Plowing," 41" x 35.5" $250.00|
I know that my dad commented to me that he was one of the early ones to use contour plowing on our farm in south central Michigan, as well as cover crops, which was foreign to the old timers who laughed at first....but in later years adopted it as they saw what a difference it made in preserving the land.