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"Cross-Currents:Maria Barbosa, Nick Cave, Rieneke Leenders, Linda Gissen and Richard Ward."
2003-12-12 until 2004-02-08
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
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.