Reflections -Lucy Adams and Claire Moore

I had a bit of business at Fort Langley on Friday and popped into the Fort Gallery. Mrs. Stepford came with me. I was really sorry I hadn’t taken my camera with me or I could have shared more of this excellent exhibition with you. Nevertheless, here are two images, one by Lucy Adams (the mirror pieces done with three squares of glass tile painted; and the sculptures by Claire Moore.

It closes on the 20th, so if you are in the area, hasten to see this show. I am very attracted to Moore’s sculptural compositions done with river rocks topped with little figures, mostly black but some seeming to grow right out of the rocks. She has managed to match the rock colour exactly. Every one of them has a humorous title that makes you ponder the human condition and have a good chuckle with her.

Lucy Adams’ glass creations multiply into infinity the apparently simple images that she has painted on them. They aren’t so simple. When she constructs a geometric shape, like above, precision is required so that the image repeats itself and swirls into itself without awkwardness.

It’s much like having been able to freeze-frame a kaleidoscope and study its repetitions. They are clever.  The only uncomfortable thing I felt about it was that I saw myself in the images and didn’t really want to see myself.

The work of both these artist is beautifully displayed in a gallery that is essentially all white. It enhances the work. The question is, how does the work blend into or fit into a new context? The simple answer is that the work will always blend, because it will pick up whatever surrounds it.  But when one of these reflective works then picks up a complicated surrounding, will the complications distract from the imagery that is repeating on the glass?

Were I to purchase one of these, my first question would be “do I have a space to put it that will honor the work and allow it to speak for itself?”

Mrs. Stepford and I had quite a conversation about three dimensional work as we drove back home.

Sculpture is a tricky thing. It needs space. It needs to be in a decluttered area to really come into its own.  As a result, one can’t have a lot of it unless one has a lot of space.  Context is the ruling factor.

The great thing, though, is that in this essentially experimental gallery, there is the opportunity to try new things, to see how they work. The emphasis is not on selling but on expressing ideas; though the artists would be really pleased if the work was purchased (and many had already sold although the exhibition had only been open for a few days.

The prices for the sculptures were around $75 which is more than reasonable for the work that has gone into them; and the ideas in them are priceless.

So, hie thee to the Fort. You will find this an excellent exhibition to take time over and you will get some great chuckles from the humor that underlies and inspires the work.

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