Juror Michelle Grabner a Crown Family Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, just juried my work “The Wall” into the 2016 “Alive In The Arts” exhibition at the Plymouth Center for the Arts in Plymouth WI. I am honored that Michelle Grabner juried my work into the exhibition I have been following her career for some time. About a year ago she co-curated an exhibition at the MOMA which I had the honor of viewing part of – and in one of the blogs I participate in we discussed at length your curating abilities. She was a challenge to discuss and I learned from the entire experience. Again I am honored to have her and her experiences in my life and that she chose one of my works for this exhibition.
“The Wall” is another work from my “Ladders and Fences” series. I have created a book with poems written for this series and hope that at some point I will be able to have a solo exhibition somewhere in Wisconsin exhibiting all these works. Wisconsin Poet Mary Wehner from Sheboygan wrote a poem to go with this piece. I am posting it below. Her poem is not at all like my thought process of the artwork but what a delight to read her version of what she saw in my work. Read the poem here.
stones jeweled in the garden wall
some veined with history some polished new
an agate splashed backdrop for hollyhock
& climbing rose brushstrokes of every hue
brought up from the black earth held lightly
those petaled moments they won’t last
more than a season what’s in the eye
never stops at a wall It travels up & over
to the other side visible even in the dark
every stem & blossom droops and rests
ready for next morning’s glory ribbons
of color running through the light-box of summer.
"There are no two identical ways artwork can be viewed. There is no right or wrong when viewing artwork our minds need to be as open as a child’s, playing with colorful building blocks or choosing colors from a box of crayons filled with possibilities." - Christine Alfery
Christine Alfery is an award winning Contemporary Conceptual Artist that has been widely exhibited in museums, galleries and in corporate and private collections around the world.
Christine has a style that is uniquely her own and one that has been widely, well-received and rewarded for its’ own uniqueness and beauty. Christine’s work employs many of the techniques of the abstract expressionists, including: gestural mark making, color fields and conceptual work. Having succeeded in the art world for over 50 years, Christine continues to strive for authenticity, emphasizing the importance of an artist who is true to themselves and not the whims of market trends.