Dreams and Memories
JRB Art at The Elms presents “Dreams and Memories,’’ a multi-media exhibition of visual narratives (stories) created by four different artists. The exhibition opens with a reception from 6:00 to 10:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2013, during The Paseo’s First Friday Gallery walk and runs through Sunday, April 29th.
Stories are integral to human culture. Since the beginning of civilization they have been used to convey information, ideas, and cultural wisdom. In its April exhibit, JRB ART at The Elms presents four master story tellers who share their memories and dreams through photographs, drawings, paintings, and ceramic sculptures.
Catherine Adams, who uses a 19th century printing process to handprint traditional black and white images examining public spaces, gardens, and art, will be exhibiting a series of photographs of the secret gardens of Paris. Catherine’s photographs and accompanying narratives allow us to explore the intimate and hidden landscapes of Paris, the most photographed city in the world. “Spending time in European gardens, museums, and palaces have colored how I see the world. A decade ago, I began to recompose photographic elements of the real world into narrative and decorative tableaux,” states Adams. Her photographs have won awards, been published in “Black and White Magazine,” and been exhibited in juried, curated and solo shows.
Sara and Shane Scribner, husband and wife, met while studying at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Since her youth Sara has had a fascination for imaginative fanciful tales. She began drawing at an early age, and her artistic interests have always focused on the human figure. Her portraits honor classical figurativepainting techniques, but employ a whimsical narrative that compels the viewer to weave a story around the sitter. “I find myths and folktales that use flora and fauna in their allegories. When combined with realism the paintings speak a language that has been used by painters and poets for centuries. I like the idea that there are magical things happening around my subject. That they have a personal connection to an animal, a place, a season, and that they are willing to entrust their secret to the viewer and let them, just briefly, into their world,” comments Sara. For Shane Scribner the human form is the most basic and yet the most expressive of subjects. When speaking about his work he says that he enjoys “finding a pose that describes the feeling I am in search of, and rendering the figure to the best of my ability.” He then likes to begin abstracting the figure by “reducing its edges into the nothingness of a flat white plane and playing with the resulting juxtaposition.”
Bernadette Esperanza Torres is a ceramic artist who holds a MFA from the University of Miami in Florida as well as a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. In talking about her work Bernadette says, “As a storyteller I communicate with my hands translating stories into clay. My sculptures are autobiographical narratives with animal imagery, such as Java Sparrow Finch birds as symbols of humanity, facets of myself or of others. As the daughter of a florist, flowers are intrinsic to my sculptures they create a dialogue internal to my work. My sculptures serve as spirit guides that manifest intentions, relieve anxieties and whisper secrets.” Bernadette, who lives and works in Kansas City, also cites her Mexican and Italian heritage as impetus for her storytelling.
Where: JRB Art at The Elms
Address: 2810 N. Walker