Kerrytown's 'Texture' to evoke communication through art

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:25pm

The Kerrytown Concert House presents the art gallery “Textures” from Sept. 8 through Oct. 8. There will be a gallery reception with refreshments on Saturday, September 16th, from 4 to 6pm, free and open to the public.

Work from Ann Arbor artists Linda Colman and Joan Rosenblum will be featured in the exhibit. It is the first time Kerrytown Concert House is displaying both artists’s work.

Colman’s work is comprised of ceramic plates which are hung on the wall in the display. The plates are approximately 23 inches in diameter and abstract in nature.

“I think that people don’t normally see these kinds of works, as it’s very unusual to be able to hang ceramics as an art form, because ceramic work is usually functional,” said Nancy Wolfe, Art Coordinator at Kerrytown Concert House.

In Colman’s statement, she discusses her ceramic work after 30 years of not working with clay. She writes that it felt like returning to a classroom, and she decided to change how she worked with clay, choosing to make it more visual.

“The last few pieces I’ve made feel as though one is peering through a pond or a puddle of water, where small creatures and detritus are seen floating midway down or are trapped in the compressing sediment at the bottom," Coleman wrote. "I suppose there is some connection with the tidal pools I enjoyed photographing when I lived by the ocean. I think of tiny, no longer living things, that are undergoing the slow process of breaking down, becoming fossilized, and I am intrigued with the notion of capturing small pictures of a larger natural world within these forms.” 

Rosenblum’s pastel work is inspired by music, because of its emotional impact and sense of rhythm: "The transference of that impact through the richness of color applied by oils to canvas and pastels to paper, is the outcome I hope to achieve. Music becomes color reflecting the subtlety of the converging hues harmonizing my work.”

Though strikingly different in materials used, process and inspiration, their artwork evokes similar feelings and ideas.  

“I feel like there’s a certain sense of extraction to both artists’ works,” Wolfe said. “There’s both a mystery and an intuitive response to art when you’re looking at extraction. The art doesn’t necessarily represent an object, so it takes you one step further into the mystery.”

Not only do their projects evoke similar ideas, but they complement and balance each other out in how they draw the viewer’s attention.

“There’s a certain play to having Colman’s works next to Rosenblum’s pastels,” Wolfe said. “Colman’s work has this sense of subtle movement but still maintains this very powerful place and the feeling of meditation.”

Wolfe also noted that it’s always special for artists to be able to display their works in a place other than their studios.

“Art is about communicating,” Wolfe said. “For both these artists, they are working alone and going through a process and relationship with their materials. Their humanity is coming together through this art, and it needs an audience.”