StutzArtSpace Gallery; through Feb. 25.
Artists with studios in the Stutz Business Center explored the theme of the human heart in PUMP, a group exhibition showcasing a mixture of media, styles and skill levels. Ten percent of art sales benefit the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women initiative. All proceeds from Carol L. Myers's "Heart Strings," a limited edition of woodblock prints available for a $25 donation, will help the cause.
Myers, also known for her fiber art, branched out with a fresh approach to artmaking in "Electric Slide," made with graphite and oil paint on Yupo paper, a synthetic and waterproof surface. She depicted a trio of loosely painted hearts, each safely inside a drawn box suggesting care and protection.
Myers applied the oils – seemingly with ease – when the paper was placed flat and then drew back into the paint as it dried. Washes of color dissolved graphite lines and the results compare beautifully to watercolors.
Photographer Andy Chen, also the new gallery director, playfully displayed "Pump 200," a color photograph of a fuchsia bicycle pump upright with its black cord wrapped around the barrel to form a heart shape, pristinely set against a white panel. Said Chen, "I use simple subjects and I try to find the enchanted."
The well-worn bicycle photographed against peeling, pink-toned plaster walls in Ginny Taylor Rosner's "Bike, Vacs, Hungary," indeed captivates with references to use, place and history.