January 8 - 31, 2009
Opening Reception: 5-8pm
Second Thursday, January 8, 2009
Artist will be in attendance the second and final Saturdays of the month.
For her exhibition Souvenir, collage artist Joanna Thomas embellishes postcards from the past century, celebrating remembrance, recollection, and reminiscence. Lamenting the advent of electronic mail and text messaging, she cherishes the tangible evidence of handwritten greetings, and admires the idiosyncrasies of personal penmanship. For Thomas, vintage paper survives as a snippet of time, a fragment of ephemeral memory, fragile as a fly’s wing, caught in the amber of history.
Subtly altering images of famous landmarks and scenic views to create new narratives, Thomas, sensitive to feminist issues, occasionally seeks to exploit both the naughty tradition of British “seaside” souvenir cards, with their sexual innuendoes and double entendres, and the provocative early French postcards, which feature erotic images of nude women. In her piece titled La Tour Eiffel, Thomas juxtaposes an image of France’s phallic Eiffel Tower with that of Edouard Manet, painter of the scandalous Olympia, alongside an image of Napoleon, sans clothing, who dumped Josephine for a younger woman when she failed to produce an heir for his empire.
Intrigued by the timelessness of the postcards’ conveyed messages, Thomas invites viewers to linger over the repeatedly expressed sentiments of longing, concern, and good wishes. Dear Brother. Dear Sister. Dear Folks. Dear Ellis and Ruby. Hello Harry. Hello Homer. Having a wonderful time. Wish you were here. Your Friend. Your Cousin. Your Niece. With love.
January Hours: Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.
La Tour Eiffel,2008, collage on
vintage postcard, 5.5” x 3.5”
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