Deborah Davis Fine Art

43 Deer Drive

Claverack, New York

Phone: 518-828-2939

info@ddfagallery.com

December 4, 2008 - January 5, 2009

 

The Good Girls and Musicians

 

 

Anique Taylor - “The Good Girls”   

                       

A resident of Phoenicia, New York, Anique Taylor’s work is rich with detail, abundance, juxtapositions, and colors which are carefully balanced to vibrate deeply with each other.  Every inch of her paintings teem with life through detail and texture.

 

In the Good Girl paintings, the figures reflect what was commonly expected of girls in 1950s New England - to be good, pretty, behave, work hard, modulate their voices, and put the needs and feelings of others before their own.  Outer appearances were more important than inner experience.  The individuality of each girl appears in delicately detailed faces, bare feet and unruly hair.  Their faces reflect depth, concern, and a reality of expression which captures the contrast between how girls were perceived and how they experienced themselves.  Even now, the universal issue persists - the difference between how we are perceived and how we experience ourselves.   

 

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John Jackson - “Musicians”
 
John Jackson has been welding whimsical figures for more than 25 years.  According to the artist, his early efforts at sculpture were way back in B. T. (Before Torches) when he nailed and bolted pieces of metal to interesting tree formations.  A chance encounter with an exuberant metal craftsman in Colorado prompted him to purchase a set of torches.  Tin cans and coat hanger wire were readily available raw materials, and the hundreds of whimsical wire figures he made, or metal cartoons, as Jackson calls them, brought smiles to many.

 

At about the same time, Jackson discovered an often overlooked rural resource - the local dump.  “I couldn’t believe what people threw away.  Nowadays, it’s tougher and more expensive to get good junk.  My main sources are metal junkyards, auctions, flea markets, and bike shops,” he notes.  “A lot of my raw materials now are farm or garden oriented tools.   A lot of tools I weld had to work hard their first time around.  In this incarnation, they’re smiling at the world and, usually, the world smiles back.”

 

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