Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Max Grover: Hunter, Gatherer, Painter/Jenny Anderson: Offerings at Bainbridge Island Art Museum

With Max Grover (left), Jenny Anderson (left-middle), Josie Emmons Turner (right-middle) and Bill Turner (Right)

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art describes Max Grover, "as adept at using familiar and simple motifs." But, nothing prepares you to experience this artist's warmth and wisdom with his capacity to translate in the simpliest of language the human experience of collecting, object fetishes and our universal habits to amass multiple sets of things. This is an exhibition of lovingly installed memorabilia seen alongside Max's paintings. We see the iconic collections he's created over the years, obviously with dedicated obsession, although his collections don't seem possessive in any way. My sense is that Max is the hunter and gatherer and caretaker of things, and a catalyst for us to connect with our collective sentient and sentimental experiences. We review our lives and our encounters from personal experience of a time and activity, and or because we are given a generous slice of Americana in this show. The exhibition is a carnival of visual stimulus opening a doorway to contemplate these collections and to consider the psychology of collections in our lives. This is a beautiful show and a must see this summer to enjoy in the amazing new island museum.

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art text continues, "This exhibition uses Grover's numerous personal collections as inspiration for each new painting. He draws from his collections of black cats, bolo ties, wrestlers, baseball memorabilia, souvenir pins, and much more! Come see this amazing array of brand new paintings and personal collections borrowed from BIMA's favorite Hunter, Gatherer, Painter.

Nothing prepared me for the experience seeing the work of Jenny Anderson. If seeing is the best word. In describing her work, each sculpture waits to be approached, as if very much aware of you, your conversations, thoughts, emotions, listening and watching you from a place present and universal time, each very much holding the space of its creation. Take time to pause and contemplate before you think you are ready to walk to the next piece. There is singular and collective wisdom of the great unknown in each sculpture with a message for you, were you to have eyes to see, ears to hear, and your heart open.  


Jenny Andersen: Offerings

Rachel Feferman Gallery
June 28, 2014 - September 28, 2014