What fun it is to stand with a friend, whether artist or art lover and talk about art. The art posse does this naturally when we go to shows but at this particular opening, I enjoyed talking to perfect strangers about what they saw in the artist, Patricia Bellan-Gillen's, work. What a mixed bag of observations. It seemed the photographers of the bunch talked more about the clarity and distortion of some of the pieces, especially the ones which featured 'tree-trunk-like' subjects with colored thread-like touches, with cut and paste-like appendages. The fine artists seemed to be drawn to the dark colored ones (featuring 3 colors each, I believe) closer to the office which purposefully had Alice In Wonderland qualities. I enjoyed all the pieces but was particularly drawn to the bear shape made entirely of cut flowers of various sizes with little faces in each one. Ms. Bellan Gillen, in her art talk said that an intern (I believe) had cut out each one by hand with a special pair of scissors. One might ask if this is totally her piece then, since someone else did all the work, but look at Jeff Koons or Ron Mueck (and if you've never before seen Ron Mueck's work, Google it! I was lucky to have seen it at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh a few years back).
OK, getting off the track again, "Look at the squirrel, Ruth!", (private family funny - not joke).
So, all that said, we had a wonderful time, and if it hadn't been for Steve Getz and Fred Bucheit, for sending these lovely photos of friends talking about the work and the artist, I wouldn't have taken the time to write about such a lovely, thought-provoking show. Thanks guys and thank you, Patricia Bellan-Gillen for sharing your delightful visions and making us think so deeply. Great show!
P.S. I'm sorry I don't know the names of the art pieces.