DATESMarch 5 - May 8, 2011
RECEPTIONFriday, March 4, 7:00-9:00pm
Squeak Carnwath,Evaporation, 2004, oil and alkyd on canvas over panel
Squeak Carnwath has a distinctive and recognizable style which combines diaristic and personal
elements with universal or existential themes. Her paintings combine text and images on abstract fields
of color to express sociopolitical and spiritual concerns.
The work for which Carnwath became widely known is characterized by simple, iconic images and words floating like astral bodies within monochromatic or bichromatic fields. The images represent
common things – chairs, vessels, bones, feet, genitalia, flowers, birds, houses, and so on – using
rudimentary forms and emphatic black outlines. The words or passages of text, rendered in an ingenuous and expressive script, catalogue and comment on various aspects of existence, such as the affinities that unite seemingly unrelated objects and the essential differences (e.g., between that divide them.
Simultaneously comic and grave in tenor, these pictures evoke the free-ranging ruminations of a daydreaming mind as it encounters the myriad phenomena of daily life and tries to make sense of them... engaging an ever-evolving constellation of preoccupations and investigations: how we know things, what we know, the nature of memory, perception, passion, time, and death.