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"Two for One: Jeff Whipple Rediscovers Toys - Joanna Coke, The Human figure"
2003-02-01 until 2003-03-06
St. Petersberg, FL,
USA United States of America
Two for One: Artist / Playwright Jeff Whipple rediscovers toys, and Joanna Coke continues her love affair with the human figure at Gallery Enormous. In the Main Gallery, in a series of new paintings, the ever ironic Jeff Whipple uses innocent children’s toys to illustrate decidedly more grown-up musings on life and politics, both large and small as well as sharing a few other things he’s had up his sleeve. In Gallery 2 Joanna Coke presents luscious, unconventional mixed media works on paper focusing on the human figure.
Originally from Chicago, naturalized-Floridian Jeff Whipple has won numerous awards for both playwriting and visual art, and his paintings and sculpture have been featured in more than 60 solo exhibitions in galleries, universities and museums throughout the country, including a just ended 25-year
retrospective at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo.
Effectively using extreme cropping and close-up views to create an intimate relationship between viewer and model, Joanna Coke‘s works hover somewhere between classicism and conceptualism, yet they do so comfortably and unselfconsciously.
A former fashion designer, Coke left the glamour of creating clothes for Victoria’s Secret catalog in favor of a more personally rewarding career as a fine artist. A former bay area resident, Coke recently moved to Louisiana to further pursue her studies.