Past Exhibitions

Secretive / Curated by Annette Cyr

 

 

Secretive features the work of the following artists:

Linda Benet
Jean Blackburn
Annette Cyr
Dennis Congdon
Susanna Coffey
Carla Gannis
Ryk Ekedal
Nancy Friese
Paula Heisen
Ellinore Hollinshead
Susan Lichtman
Andrew Raftery
Joanne Stryker
Carole Shepheard
Grier Torrence
Randy Willier

Secretive, curated by New York City painter and filmmaker Annette Cyr, provides an inside look at the creative process and what artists themselves value most in their works.

Cyr asks, "Why do we paint what we paint? (or sculpt or make prints of what we choose?) How is it something intrigues us? Often it is something as simple as a waters edge, a dying tulip, wind in those trees over there. However inexplicable, what we choose is always absolutely compelling to us. We have a connection to it, a desire for it - to look at it, to catch it, to use it, to absorb it, ultimately to recreate it as our own."

Secretive is a visual response to that question. Each artist presents a work featuring an image, a motif with which he or she has that special, simultaneously irrational and indelible connection.

To view works by specific artists, visit these websites:

JEAN BLACKBURN
ANNETTE CYR
SUSANNA COFFEY
CARLA GANNIS
RYK EKEDAL
NANCY FRIESE
ELLINORE HOLLINSHEAD
GRIER TORRENCE
PAULA HEISEN

The touchstone for the theme of Secretive resides in Secretive Heart, by poet, Jane Hirshfield, in which the poet tracks the journey that the heart makes. At the end of an analogous journey, the visual artist discovers his or her compelling image.

Secretive Heart

What's this? This is an old toolshed.
No, this is a great past love.
Yehuda Amichai

Heart falters, stops
before a Chinese cauldron
still good for boiling water.

it is one of a dozen or more,
it is merely iron,
it is merely old,
there is much else to see.

The few raised marks
on its belly
are useful to almost no one.

Heart looks at it a long time.
What do you see? I ask again,
but it does not answer.

Jane Hirshfield
from Lives of the Heart
1997 HarperCollins