Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I WAS DREAMING WHEN I WROTE THIS




"Remember Me as a Good Thing: Words & Images by Kendra Bayer-Foreman & Dale Jackson" opens April 30, 2010, with a reception 6 to 10 pm at Thunder-Sky, Inc. The exhibit closes June 16, 2010. It's another piece of evidence to prove that art is art and artists are artists and 2 + 2 = 5. Dale is someone we met through Visionaries & Voices (he still goes there one day a week, I think). Kendra we met back in the day (1999) through a one-person show she did at an art center in Hamilton, OH. Dale and Kendra have collaborated on a couple pieces, but mainly their works play off each other so well that is seems kind of redundant. The show itself is a cool collaboration. Dale makes art out of overheard words and phrases, painstakingly recreating conversations, TV talk and memory-speak in careful stenography on wood panels. Kendra paints delicately surrealistic paintings, the visual equilivant of Dale's accidental poems; her pictures are dream-conversations somehow recorded without words. "Remember Me as a Good Thing" showcases both their bodies of work as beautifully serendipitous, and sweetly mysterious, pieces of an ongoing puzzle, every wall in the exhibit a jigsaw of information you don't actually understand until you stop trying to. Top: "Black SUV," Dale Jackson, acrylic paint maker on wood panel, 2010. Bottom: "Memory," Kendra Bayer-Foreman, acrylic on canvas, 2009. Photo of Dale Jackson's work by Bob Scheadler, Daylight Studios.