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"Cross-Currents:Maria Barbosa, Nick Cave, Rieneke Leenders, Linda Gissen and Richard Ward."
2003-12-12 until 2004-02-08
Courthouse Galleries
Portsmouth, VA, USA United States of America

The Courthouse Galleries will hold a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12 for the opening of CROSS-CURRENTS, an exhibit that features a diverse collection of cultural stories from such distant locales as the Brazilian rainforest of South America to Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States. Cross-Currents, which will remain on view through February 8, 2004, features paintings, sculpture, fiber and mixed media installations by artists Maria Barbosa, Nick Cave, Rieneke Leenders, Linda Gissen and Richard Ward.

The mixed-media installations by Maria Barbosa, a native of Brazil, address the issues of cross-cultural perceptions and language barriers. In her artwork, Barbosa addresses the survival of the native cultures living in the Brazilian Rainforest. Artist Nick Cave creates 'Sound Suits' from recycled materials that both conceal the identity of the person within and celebrate his African roots.

Having traveled extensively, Rieneke Leenders launched a major project to paint the portraits and share the cultural stories and issues of women from around the world. In order to tell the stories, Leenders collaborates with writers and her subjects, some who were unable to find a voice within their own communities. Also featured are the devotional bronze and glass sculptures by Linda Gissen. In her work, Gissen celebrates the customs and heritage of the Jewish people.

Finding inspiration from music, Richard Ward creates paintings that illuminate musical chords and scales. Sculptural constructions assembled from paint, recycled tools and instruments add a third dimension to Ward's survey.

IMAGE
Linda Gissen,
Woodsman,
bronze


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