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"Works by John Himmelfarb, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy and Bernice Strawn"
2002-03-01 until 2002-04-05
William Havu Gallery
USA United States of America
The William Havu Gallery is pleased to announce an
exhibit featuring paintings by John Himmelfarb, mixed media work by
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy and a welcome addition to the stable of gallery
artists, sculptor Bernice Strawn. The gallery is located at 1040
Cherokee Street in the Golden Triangle Arts District, 2 blocks south
of the Denver Art Museum.
Chicago-based artist John Himmelfarb presents his paintings from the
on-going Inland Romance series, a sequence depicting the artist‚s
romantic attachment to the city of Chicago and its industrial forms and
structures. The romantic attachment to the region is the reason I am
here, states Himmelfarb, And my paintings reflect where I am creating
as well as who I am. The two are connected. Himmelfarb is the recent
recipient of the prestigious Pollack-Krasner Artist Grant, and his work
is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the
National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C, among others.
Using diverse, unusual materials to create tactile surfaces and elegant
imagery, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy has recently begun to incorporate
sculptural elements into her interchangeable, mixed media paintings on
multiple panels. Each painting is like a phrase, a word or a sentence,
or perhaps even a rebus, whose subtext expands beyond its obvious
parts, Murphy articulates. Well-known in the Denver visual arts
community, Murphy's work was the subject of solo exhibitions this past
summer in Santa Fe, New Mexico and at the Mizel Center for the Arts at
the Jewish Community Center in Denver, and is included in the Denver Art
Museum's permanent collection.
Showing concurrently with Murphy and Himmelfarb is sculptor Bernice
Strawn, who will feature work from her Spirit Boat series. Boats are
lovely forms, shaped by their flow through water. They are like pods
holding the seeds of life, Strawn elucidates. Using pieces of curved
wood, she creates freestanding or hung boat forms whose skin is
removed, allowing the structure of the boat to remain. This quality
creates a feeling of weightlessness and captures the air and space
around the sculptures. Strawn has received national and regional
recognition for her work, and in addition to numerous exhibitions
throughout Colorado, she was commissioned in the year 2000 by the REI
Flagship store in Denver to create several pieces for their space.
Strawn lives in Salida, Colorado.
Limestone Fox (Inland Romance), 2000
acrylic on canvas,
84 x 193