Premeditatio Meloram

Margaret Lawless

 

2021-Phaeton by Goltzius
2021-Phaeton by Goltzius

2021-Tantalus by Goltzius
2021-Tantalus by Goltzius

2021 Ixion
2021 Ixion

2021-Phaeton by Goltzius
2021-Phaeton by Goltzius

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Premeditatio Meloram roughly translates into obsessing about all of the things that could possibly go wrong. Lawless admits to a dry sense of humor since these incredibly detailed works all explore hubris and subjects that didn’t fully consider the consequences of their actions.  Lawless continues to illustrate modern-day relevancy to works from art history. In her latest project she has reimagined "The Four Disgracers", 13" etchings created by Hendrick Goltzius in 1588, as 4-foot tondos. She explores the subject (Icarus, Ixion, Phaeton, and Tantalus were all punished for their hubris) with more current information and examples of hubris taken from economic texts, political journals, satirical cartoons, using collage elements to build the surface of her works before painting over the works and then sanding back down through the layers to reveal an ongoing narrative. Since the original works were created over 530 years ago, she also examines how the subject has been covered in the interim, recreating the Bernard Picart etchings of the same study from the 18th century.

with concurrent exhibit
Adrift
by Floyd Tunson

Adrift by Floyd Tunson
Adrift by Floyd Tunson

Haitian Dreamboats
Haitian Dreamboats

Haitian Dreamboats
Haitian Dreamboats

Adrift by Floyd Tunson
Adrift by Floyd Tunson

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"Adrift" is a largescale (8’x12’) oil painting that Floyd D. Tunson completed in response to the 1991 Haitian refugee crisis. Unfortunately, it is as relevant today as it was 30 years ago with issues of immigration leading national and international headlines. The Haitian Dreamboats are a series of 35 wooden sculpture. We are exhibiting 12 of the boats that reference the desperate flight of people escaping poverty, persecution and violence in hope of better conditions. 

with concurrent exhibit
Burden of Memory
by Steven Durow

Burden of Memory by Steven Durow
Burden of Memory by Steven Durow

Burden of Memory by Steven Durow
Burden of Memory by Steven Durow

Burden of Memory by Steven Durow
Burden of Memory by Steven Durow

Burden of Memory by Steven Durow
Burden of Memory by Steven Durow

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We are pleased to present “Burden of Memory” by Steven Durow. These nonobjective works are rough and raw – Durow is not interested in “shiny, happy glass” but in the material properties of the glass and salts and minerals that he uses to coat the surface. Steven likens his work to that of a stone sculptor, except that, as Durow says,“I get to scoop out of the volcano, adding and subtracting, to get the stone just the way I want it.”