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Tom Uttech, Ninbimwewe, 2011-2012, oil on linen

Tom Uttech and James Prosek – Monumentalizing the magic and beauty of nature

Tom Uttech’s works are a kind of mystical realism. The woods, animals, birds, rocks and clouds in his oil paintings (recently closed at Swarthmore College’s List Gallery) look like the real thing, however, nature in Uttech’s works has been transported to some extraordinary realm, where birds don’t act bird-like and clouds and bears are not really like themselves either. Take the bear/man hybrid (a stand-in for the artist and viewer) that appears in many of Uttech’s works, for example. It looks out on the landscape, its back to you, a mysterious presence in a wondrous land. Sometimes the bear’s shape ... More » »

Emmet Gowin, Barry, Dwayne and Turkeys, Danville, Virginia, 1970, toned gelatin silver print. Courtesy of Swarthmore List Gallery

Emmett Gowin – From family of man to mariposas nocturnas at Swarthmore’s List Gallery

How many ways are there to characterize photographer Emmett Gowin? He’s an empathetic chronicler of family quirks; obsessive stalker of his muse; eco-reporter; natural world archivist; latin-influenced surrealist. Each of the hats the artist wears coincides with a chronological chunk of his life’s work. And, as laid out more or less chronologically in the elegant and densely-packed mini survey at Swarthmore College’s List Gallery, you can now be introduced, under one roof, to the virtuosity of an artist who is both world explorer and lover of the homespun and human. My first encounter with Gowin’s gelatin silver prints was his ... More » »

Andrea Packard, in front of one of her cloth landscape collages at List Gallery, Swarthmore.  Andrea runs the gallery and this show was not her idea.  Her faculty peers rose up and said to her you have to show this great work.

Andrea Packard – the world, one swatch at a time

We saw our friend Andrea Packard’s show at Swarthmore College last week on a gorgeous Spring-like day. Her landscapes are so full of beauty, joy and hope they mirrored the day — and took us on a little indoor roller coaster ride. Andrea’s works are made from cloth scraps, rug scraps, paper, prints, pastel and paint. Many of the materials come from friends or family and are significant to her.  In a way she is turning these scraps into monuments that praise the world — and people.  The works are special and  magical, and it’s well worth the trip out ... More » »

Journeys of the eye and heart–Michael Olszewski at Swarthmore

In the Half Sleep, 2008, 16 ½ X 16 inches, All photos courtesy the artist and List Gallery Fiber artist Michael Olszewski makes abstract but highly textured collages that creep up and assert their presence slowly–aesthetic journeys for the eye. Most of Olszewski’s work is based on slow processes–crocheting and other needlework and fiber processes like couching and embroidery and dying, journeys for the artist in his studio as he works. But they also are aesthetic journeys for the soul. Michael Olszewski, Undercurrent, 2007, 12 X 9 ¾ inches That sense of patience, thought and emotion comes through powerfully in ... More » »

Weekly Update – Painting Structures at Swarthmore

This week’s Weekly has my review of Painting Structures at Swarthmore’s List Gallery. Below’s the copy with some pictures. More photos at flickr.Seven painters reimagine the city at List Gallery. Yvonne Jacquette, Walmart and Other Big Box Stores. Oil on canvas. Artists often portray the world as a mess. Since their pessimistic perspective is hardly news, it often fails to excite. “Painting Structures” at Swarthmore’s List Gallery offers a different take. The show’s seven painters hold thoughtful and passionate views on art, architecture, urban sprawl, cloverleaf interchanges and big box stores. But in their poetic works, issues unfold slowly—with beauty ... More » »