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THREE NEW EXHIBITS
September 17 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pmfree
On the main exhibition wall we present MAPS AND LEGENDS: an exuberant series of pandemic paintings by Durhamite Lisa Creed. During this pandemic, Lisa has become fascinated with the lines that connect us to people and places — or disconnect us. On her daily walks she photographs the telephone lines that crisscross the sky and allow us to speak to each other. Once she would have tried to avoid these interruptions of nature but now Creed craves them, symbols of an end to isolation. These lines appear in Creed’s work with bold intention, creating maps that lead to those she knows and loves as well as to the places she has missed during this shutdown of our world.
Margaret Sartor, also of Durham, has installed TORN: A Year That Changed Everything on the stage wall.
In Margaret’s own words . . . “I long ago abandoned television news in favor of the satisfyingly tactile experience of reading the newspaper at my kitchen table, a ritual I have held to despite the cost and impracticality. Yet there were days during the previous year when I let those daily papers pile up in my gravel drive, days that included hard rainfall and the heavy tires of delivery trucks. Rescuing the flattened (and sometimes soggy) wads, I invariably felt pangs of guilt. Opening the newspaper became an experience I more often dreaded than savored, a predictable fall down a rabbit hole of tumultuous events, heroic struggles, and historic failures. And when I did read them, which I almost always did, I could not help but give voice to my interior battles. Eventually, I began to write my rage, my puzzlement, my frustration, and my shock directly into the hydra-headed headlines, stories, and photographs.
The results, some of which are shown here, operated as a personal diary of sorts. Looking back now, and viewing them collectively, they seem also to provide a kind of cumulative portrait of the time during which they were created, of our common hopes and our common nightmare—of a year that changed everything.”
We also present a group exhibit of sketchbooks and artist’s books where not only are the books fully handleable from front to back, but viewers can select a favorite page or spread and order very affordable archival fine art prints.
PS118 is open Fridays and Saturdays Noon–6 and by appt. We will also have a reception on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 4–6pm.
Masks are required.