Small Works, Small Prices in a Huge Annual Show at Fountain House Gallery
Nov 30, 2016 12:06am
Image courtesy of Fountain House Gallery.
riot of color, scores of small-scale paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works line the
walls of Fountain House Gallery
in New York. The diminutive pieces and dozens of artists have been brought
together for the gallery’s annual “Small Works” show, featuring pieces no larger than five by seven
inches and, notably, no more than $100.
year, Fountain House Gallery presents this show not just to entice would-be collectors
intimated by the wallet-lightening art market, but also to break barriers for artists
living with mental illness. Here, in a welcoming environment, viewers can
browse, buy, and take home works from an impressive number of creators. Included in this assortment are
watercolors by self-taught artist L.B. Berman. Taking a minimalistic approach, she offers an array of elegant,
biomorphic abstractions that call to mind reflective bodies of water, sunsets,
and arid desert landscapes.
on view are delicate collages by Alyson
Vega, who evokes the beach with patches of fabric
pieced together with plant fiber she gathered on the shores of the Turks and
Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. By contrast, wintry weather makes its presence
felt in another piece, this one made of swatches of fabric cut from an overcoat. Boo Lynn Walsh, meanwhile, makes flower-shaped sculptures out of wire
mesh. At once delicate and sturdy, these handmade flowers are formed of curves
and ridges that fold in on themselves.
all is not calm. Susan Spangenberg confronts viewers head-on with mixed-media works
incorporating her medication. In Taking My Medication for a Walk (2016),
she forms a stick figure holding a balloon made of the white and bright orange
pills prescribed to her. In another piece, Let’s Play a Game I Win You
Lose (2016), she has scratched out a tic-tac-toe game, its boxes filled
with pills and small keys. Though small in stature, these more personal
works feel like the artists are also offering a small piece of themselves.
Works” is on view at Fountain House
Gallery, New York, Oct. 27–Dec. 22, 2016.