January 3 – 31, 2003
“From That to This” – Steve Baris, Raquel Higgins, Mei-Ling Hom , Teresa Jaynes, Gabrielle Kanter, Sarah McEneaney, Virgil Marti, Gabriel Martinez, Quentin Morris, Joshua Mosley, Eileen Neff, Stuart Netsky, Michael Olszewski, Bruce Pollock, Judy Taylor, Richard Torchia, Bill Walton
“Artists are inspired by so many different things”, says Julie Courtney who has been visiting the studios of some Philadelphia artists, selecting a work of art and choosing something that influences the artist’s work. “This exhibition is about just that: what artists have hanging on their studio walls or in their environment while they work.” Some of the artists included in the exhibition are Steve Baris, Raquel Higgins, Mei-Ling Hom , Teresa Jaynes, Gabrielle Kanter, Sarah McEneaney, Virgil Marti, Gabriel Martinez, Quentin Morris, Joshua Mosley, Eileen Neff, Stuart Netsky, Michael Olszewski, Bruce Pollock, Judy Taylor, Richard Torchia and Bill Walton.
Observing keepsakes in the artists studio, Courtney draws parallels to the artists work, examining the connection between inspiration and result. Courtney chooses to include these objects of inspiration along with the artwork, allowing the public a back stage pass to the artists’ motivation. She writes about painter Bruce Pollock. “His paintings are complex networks that are based on scientific systems. In his studio there are a number of sea shells that speak directly to the patterns found in his paintings”. Photographer Eileen Neff’s work often combines the inside and outside. Courtney writes, “One of her recent photographs was of her bedroom at The MacDowell Colony juxtaposed with another image of a landscape. On the wall nearby was a postcard from Emily Dickinson’s house — of her bedroom, with a window looking out into the landscape”. In some instances, the work is not rooted in objects but in experiences. Installation artist Mei-Ling Hom has found herself interested in clouds, and has been experimenting with different materials. “The inspiration for this new work came out of a residency in Italy where one of her daily past times was to look up at the sky and watch the clouds go by” says the curator. In cases like this, Courtney relies on her ongoing relationship with the artist, drawing on conversations she has had with them, again providing the viewer a more intimate look at the artist’s vision.