Saturday, March 24, 2012

Reader's Art 12: Karen Hanmer

Reader's Art 12: Longing for Home  Chicago area artist, Karen Hanmer, has said about her piece in the show:

"This is the  painting that hung over the bookmaker’s childhood sofa; photographed, digitally printed actual size, deconstructed, and bound using the drum leaf structure.The pocket-size format references travel guidebooks. Fragmented glimpses of the painting may also function as metaphor for memory, and the unanswered questions that elude memory.What importance does a painting hold when it is the only work of art a family owns? What role does that painting play in one’s consciousness when it has become so familiar it is an unnoticed part of the household landscape. What clues about the family’s history might the painting hold? Where, when, why was it acquired?
Or maybe, to paraphrase Freud, sometimes a painting is just oil on canvas…

Reader's Art 12: Longing for Home
March 16- April 26, 2012

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