Monday, July 24, 2017
Vogt Art Center, Tinley Park, IL Midwest Collage Society Exhibit
Vogt Art Center 17420 67th Ct, Tinley Park, IL 60477
Exhibit Title: THE VISUAL MUSIC IN OUR SOULS
Judge’s Bio: Claudia Craemer -Artist and art educator, involved with Tall Grass Arts Association for over 12 years and also with Union Street Gallery for 10 years. Has exhibited and received honors and awards in many regional shows and has curated or judged nearly 30 exhibits for Tall Grass, Union Street, The Victorian House Gallery, Prairie State College's Christopher Gallery, and others.
JUDGING: (one 1st place, two 2nd place, three 3rd place, four honorable mentions)
1st Place (artist) CAROL WEBER
Title: Bits and Pieces of Us
Comments: Delightful piece, full of information and a complex mix of images and materials wonderfully arranged.
Lots of “tid bits', mementos, that suggest through the linear movement within the composition and the collection of specific objects, a journey, passage, a reflective moment, harkening back to an earlier shared time.
2nd Place (artist) NANCY SAVAIANO ROSENBERG
Title: Finding One's Own Voice
Comments: Beautiful, classy, stately, regal. A powerful piece that doesn't scream.
Fluid and elegant movement and repetition of shapes, forms, patterns. A refreshing place to linger. A calming voice to listen to.
2nd Place (artist) ELAINE RATH
Comments: Bold, operatic; an engineered, carefully crafted work. A kind of fanfare through precise shapes that rush across the space, that fill, fold back, explode outward. Visual sound, blasts and beats as color and form.
3rd Place (artist) JOAN LUCHT
Comments: Restrained. Strength in subtle edges, glimpses, impressions, tiny whispered phrases of color peeking through, marking time. A meditation, prayer, chant. An introvert's poem.
3rd Place (artist) NANCY STASZAK
Comments: A vibrant and complex grid work, demonstrating mastery of color
and texture, pattern and movement. These are the elements that command our attention at first, and also keep us returning to discover more interesting areas
with repeated viewings.
3rd Place (artist) JERRI REIMANN
Title: Stream of Consciousness
Comments: The flow of ideas, energy, confidence, exuberance, through intense color and surface marks. A landscape of thought and emotion, fluid and moving within never-static, ever-changing moments.
Honorable Mention (artist) RACHELLE BARMANN
Title: Music of My Soul
Comments: Visual music: meter, rhythm, repetition, punctuation. A kind of steadiness and resolve. Pristine. Such great care in selection and placement of hundreds of elements. Attention given to harmony. Unity. The silent chimes that interrupt the stillness.
Honorable Mention (artist) ANNETTE PLETTAU
Title: Kentucky Farm, Winter
Comments: An actual landscape as well as a lush collection of papers and textures. Serene and welcoming, drawing us in to a peaceful hideaway.
Honorable Mention (artist) CAROL KAZWICK
Title: Homage to Kurt
Comments: One of the more orderly, compositionally strict pieces. Implies a setting of limits and abiding by principles. A very satisfying work of variations on a theme, repetition of colors and shapes, concern for filled and empty spaces.
Honorable Mention (artist) VIRGINIA GUZIOR
Title: Birdsong I
Comments: A departure from many of the other works in the show through its use of surprising fabrics, stitches, applique, the somewhat oddness of colors and texture choices. The world within the elaborate frame seems of another time,
where brocade and harpsichords might be part of the room just beyond the birds.
Overall Comments on Exhibit:
The Visual Music in Our Souls Exhibit is a large, diverse, and impressive show of
dozens of approaches to collage. From images that are created primarily from cut and paste papers and pictures, to works that incorporate painting, glazing, textural surfaces and even 3D objects, the range of styles and formats is exciting. The artists demonstrate experienced handling of media, a sensitivity to color and pattern, an attention to contrasts between textures and forms.
Many of the works invite us to keep coming back to explore and enjoy intricate areas of dense detail up close, and some of the works read as bold statements of color and composition from far across the room.
So many of the pieces in the show are worthy of receiving applause and appreciation, and it was extremely hard to determine levels of honors to be
given. Many more works could have received an award. The exhibit as a whole
is full of joyful and energetic compositions and daring pairings of delicate and powerful, subtle and assertive visual statements.
It was a pleasure to spend time studying all the collage pieces, to see new directions appearing in the works of some familiar artists, as well as to discover
some new artists that are now part of the group. The MCA is definitely an
organization that continues to grow and improve each year. Congratulations on
another great show!