Jul 15th 2018

Bobbi Meier: Magnolias Bloom in Spring

@ Gretchen Charlton art Gallery

901 N Entrance Ave, Kankakee, IL 60901

Opening Sunday, July 15th, from 2PM - 5PM

On view through Monday, August 27th

Join us for an artist’s reception, brief talk, refreshments and live music to celebrate Meier’s installation of collages, mixed media relief sculptures, and a very long wall drawing in this unique gallery space.

In an ephemeral installation made of memories and mixed media, Bobbi Meier brings work to the Gretchen Charlton Art Gallery that represents a bit of what every artist hopes to achieve in their process – clarity, blending life experiences, art, and understanding. In revisiting the work she made several years ago, Meier came to realize the work chosen for this show represented memories of her mother, childhood, and the big creamy magnolias that adorned their time together.

Meier presents her memories by applying loose calligraphic line drawings directly on the wall among collaged works that act as flashes of memory. In Robin Dluzen’s essay she perfectly describes how Meier’s memories are arranged both in her mind and within the exhibition. “Experiences are linear in their inherent chronology, of course, but on a daily basis, we’re picking through layers of experience, selecting certain things and passing over others, reminding ourselves of the beautiful things, and glimpsing the dark stuff before banishing it back into the haze.” Meier’s display gives the audience a chance to see how she remembers while inviting the viewer to begin examining their own memories.

This exhibition was curated by Victoria Strole

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