The Jung Haus show, “Sights & Signs” is up and running.
The venue is the Jung Haus which is situated in a lovely old Italianate home close to High Street in the historic Short North area of Columbus.
I arrived early to give a “coffee & conversation” talk but found a workshop in process. Oh well. Joel needed help preparing food anyway.
Photograher Sydney Schardt hung the show and made all the curatorial decisions. This meant that the pieces came into dialogue with one another in new, surprising ways.
I thought the “Oak Tree With Cow” display was particularly successful. The black slate of the fireplace, black frame of the painting and black background of the small baby pieces worked well together. I would have placed the small pieces on either side of the larger figure, suggesting an altar, but this arrangement has its virtues too. Placing the babies together on the right strikes me as slightly coquettish, like side combs on a fancy hairdo.
Syd saved space with this grouping…..
……..and managed to inject a bit of humorous, wry commentary too. The juxtaposition of “Tombstone With Blue Bird” and a live plant is sweet, funny and sad, all at the same time.
The placement of “English Channel” worked well too. I might have cluttered things up by adding small pieces to the mantle, but the visual rhythm of the large color blocks contained in the painting is more evident in this stand-alone presentation.
Doug Neel provided an hour and a half of tasty, jazz guitar music and is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. He should be hired immediately!
After working so hard on this exhibit, I need a rest. There is the sense of one era coming to an end with another just beginning to appear on the horizon. I believe it is time to start working with others.