Joanna Thomas
Lion Devouring a Rabbit & Other Collages

August 3 – September 3, 2006

Opening Reception: 5-8 pm
First Thursday, August 3, 2006

For this series, Joanna Thomas uses collage elements to gussy up antique 19th Century French engravings taken from a limited edition book published in 1873.

As Thomas states, ”In exploring the notion of art as precious commodity, I have embellished these undoubtedly valuable antique engravings with collage elements, rendering them uniquely my own, and, quite possibly, completely worthless.”

Thomas playfully and poetically assaults works by such masters as Delacroix, Gainsborough, Hals, Poussin, Rembrandt, Turner, and Watteau, and in doing so, challenges the historically and regrettably disparate experiences between male and female artists. Originally priced at 40 francs, the engraved book’s frontispiece declares that profits from its sale shall be used to benefit the poor. Widows and orphans aside, the engravings now serve as a subtle feminist comment on the consistently male-dominated art market.


Hours: Noon-5pm Friday-Sunday, or by appointment.



Next Exhibition: Michael Sherwin

 

Lion Dévorant un Lapin – 2006,
collage on found 19th Century engraving, 6”x7.5”