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"Whirr, Buzz and Presto! Appliances from the Atomic Age: Works by Marty Walsh"
2003-01-10 until 2003-02-18
Swanson Reed Contemporary
USA United States of America
Marty Walshs Atomic Age Appliance series is comprised of fourteen oil paintings, 20 x 22 each. Images reminiscent of her youth. The artist says she sees her work as metaphors for the relationship and perceptions she has with the world around her. These brand new works are painted in the 18th century European/19th century American style, with a dark background going to infinity: a link with the past. She puts the 20th century appliance in the foreground, each in all its insouciance.
There is the Pulse-O-Matic blender with its ten buttons and the minty green DRINKMASTER with its sexy
toggle switch. The MIXMASTER, cream-colored matriarch with white bowls, presides over the
assembly which includes the princess, a pretty pink Mixette and the evil Presto Hotdogger which
actually electrocutes food. This work is clearly about memory reveling in sensual delight but
which also carries a darker freight. They re-mind us. They tell us to think again about a time
which suddenly seems new, in its apparent innocence when hope and prosperity were fresh.
Walsh’s paintings ask us to look, be taken by the charm of these paintings and then be still.
Currently living in Las Vegas, and traveling to and from Ireland, where she and
her husband Pete live part of the year, Ms. Walsh loves to come back to roost in Louisville where
she has family, friends and a collector base of her work.
An opening reception is Friday, January 10 from 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Swanson Reed Contemporary is located at 638 E. Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Telephone: (502) 589-5466
Gallery Hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment.