Tuesday, November 23, 2010
|Katie Baldwin, Aunt Harriet and|
Treasure, 2010, Moku hanga and
letterpress, 11" X 7"
The felt in question is a representation of a long, relatively straight river. I had planned on writing about the whimsical cleverness of the piece and how wonderful it is to walk along it and feel like a bird flying from one end of the river to the other, arriving at a new locale. Fortunately for you, dear readers, I soon realized the folly of my plan. Such is the whimsical cleverness of the piece that it is quite impossible to discuss it without discussing the entire exhibition, including many, relatively traditional, figural works. Hence: this "Panoramic View" entry.
The river in question occupies the central space of the DCCA's Beckler Family Member's Gallery and is the only piece in the exhibit that is not hung on the walls. Unless you are in the habit of sneaking into galleries by slithering around the corners of doorways, it is also the first object you see as you enter the gallery. For a length of blue felt, it is a surprisingly complex piece that is responsible for uniting the rest of the works. The banks of Baldwin's river gently curve inward and outward in a softly undulating line. If the river were straighter or more sinuous, one might be tempted to speed along the banks. Instead, Baldwin invites her viewers to take their time as they walk along the the miniature river; to enjoy the gentle curves and minute detail of the miniature banks.