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Disparate: Four Solo Shows...

Bill Woolf
     

           

                       

                       

     

Tom McDonald
                 

                 

                       


Lisa Krivacka
                       

                       

                 

                 

     

David Zimmerman
                 

                 

           


Lisa Krivacka: Home for the Holidays: New Paintings
Krivacka's paintings are inspired by and appropriated from amateur anonymous snap shots. They have a voyeuristic quality because they document private moments between individuals and families and explore traditional American holiday rituals and celebrations. The people and situations Krivacka chooses to paint are not typically represented on greeting cards of the past. She includes Black American families, families from different nationalities and same sex couples, as well as scenes that explore darker emotions provoked by the year-end holidays. The humor is evident. Ten of Krivacka's favorite images have been collected and will be sold as a set of cards. The cards will sell for $20.00 per set.

Tom McDonald: Found Object Artillery and Gun Sculptures
McDonald's new series of found object sculpture continues to mine the rich vein that is the military: past, present, American, or otherwise. In his most well know body of found metal work, McDonald uses corrugated tin, sardine cans, car antennas, and anything else that will complete his vision. Three large pieces weight this show: Aircraft Carrier, Destroyer, and Blimp. On a smaller scale, we will have stylized versions of different ships throughout history: Monitor, Armed Sloop, 14 Gun Brig, etc. A new series of plastic guns will be featured for the first time. Using the obvious irony of "toy guns", McDonald creates the "Kiddie Kalashnikov", along with a few other classic examples.

Bill Woolf: Family Photo, Narrative Landscape, and Evanston Street Paintings
Presenting 3 bodies of work in largest segment of these 4 solo shows... Woolf will present his latest series called Remembering the Past. These consist of vintage family photos from the early 1900's (he is in his 80's), scanned and transferred to canvas, worked in his random abstract background, and finished with detailed brushwork, in a classic self-taught style. In the narrative landscapes, he again employs abstraction as a ground, then overlays with white trees, and a stream of tiny nude figures meandering toward "The River Jordan", both literally and spiritually. Completing his show are street scenes from various residential Evanston streets. Woolf went to shoot each house on the blocks, and rendered them in flat perspective. Some of the houses have ghostly spirit figures rising in the sky above the architecture. They are finished with ladders growing vertical from the perimeter of the canvas toward heaven and are made from dental floss, balsa wood, with small painted figures made from sculpy.

David Zimmermann: Common and Uncommon: New Drawings and Paintings
In the last year Zimmermann has focused his work on drawing with a focus on single and grouped objects. It's a return to a simpler model of creating or making marks. Zimmermann talks about subject matter in a clear and not over developed way. He chooses his subject because he is drawn to it for a reason he cannot really put his finger on, and, does not want to. It could be the shape, it could be some deeper connection with the subject, or it could be a reference to another artist that he likes. As a younger artist he was told everything and anything is his subject. He wants simplicity. He demands it in his work. Imagery in this show will include, tubes of paint, paint brushes, dead birds, scissors, leaves, etc...