Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center

Taylor Museum for Southwestern Studies

Colorado Springs, CO




Four Artists, Four Objects, Ten Years: Janet Fish, Sondra Freckelton, Nancy Hagin, Harriet Shorr


From June 24th through August 27th, 2000, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center will exhibit "Four Artists, Four Objects, Ten Years: Janet Fish, Sondra Freckelton, Nancy Hagin, Harriet Shorr."

In 1986, four long-time friends embarked on a "game," each selecting an object that they would all include in a still life composition. None of the objects could have made a prior appearance in any of their previous works, and all of the paintings were to remain out of view until the entire quartet was completed. Ten years later, they repeated the exercise, and the results illustrate not only the artistic development of these four prominent still-life painters, but also demonstrate the stylistic variety and scope of the genre. For these friends the sense of play in the artistic game which they devised is as exciting as the unique associations and forms suggested to them by the same objects. Here we "discover" the results along with them. In addition to the First Artist Project and Tenth Anniversary Project paintings, both in watercolor and oils, are examples by each artist of work during the intervening years. Their diverse styles and methods hint at their unique personalities and perceptions, and the use of similar objects did not inhibit their range of expression. The exhibition is accompanied by a color catalog with an essay by art historian John Arthur. (left: Harriet Shorr, After the Fall, 1996, 40 x 60 inches, 10th Anniversary Project; right: Janet Fish, Just Say No, 1993, 48 1/2 x 62 1/2 inches)

The well-known realist painters, Janet Fish, Sondra Freckelton, Nancy Hagin and Harriet Shorr felt, to quote Thomas Bolt in the July 1987 issue of "American Artist," "the results would provide a wealth of diverse ideas and tactics in theme and form, all turning on the fixed axis of the exchanged objects...the fun of seeing the ways in which the artists might make certain objects their own, as well as the range of imaginative solutions possible, was further incentive." (left: Sondra Freckelton, Keepsakes II, 1996, 10th Anniversary Project; right: Nancy Hagin, Music Stand, 1994, 60 x 48 inches)

On June 29th, at 6:30 p.m., the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center will present "Wine, Cheese and Fish," a gallery talk with "Four Artists, Four Objects, Ten Years" artist, Janet Fish.

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