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 » »
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 » »
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 » »
Two exhibitions at Swarthmore College feature artists addressing the subject of war. Daniel Heyman curated the exhibition, Printmakers go to War at Swarthmore College’s McCabe Library, in conjunction with Philagrafika (on through April 9, 2010). It includes an international group, Nick Flynn, Damian Cote, Eric Avery, Ehren Tool and Michael Reed, in addition to Heyman, who print onto every possible material: postcards, clay, medical bandages, industrial carpeting, and yes, paper.