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Lorraine Peltz/Pink Works: Selected Paintings 1994 - 2000


"Lorraine Peltz/Pink Works: Selected Paintings 1994 - 2000" is on exhibition through October 1, 2000, at the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University. The artist will be at the Tarble to present a gallery talk about her work on Thursday, September 14, 7pm. Admission is free and the public is invited.

This select retrospective of paintings by Peltz, a Chicago artist, explores the color pink. Why pink? Peltz says that she wants to reclaim the color from its "little girl's bedroom association." For Mary Antonakos, the director of I space Gallery in Chicago, "Pink is pretty, feminine and domestic -- put in these paintings, it is also empowering, life affirming and sensual."

For nearly a decade Chicago artist Lorraine Peltz has been delving into issues of gender and inter-personal relationships through paintings of everyday objects -- a vacuum cleaner, flowers, high heeled shoes. The objects are presented in ways that suggest underlying narratives, irony, and humor -- interpretations heightened by each painting's carefully selected title.

At first glance Peltz's paintings -- with images of Hostess© cupcakes, an iron, or pillows -- might look like latter-day Pop Art. But associations and narratives emerge for those who take a moment to consider these canvases. Peltz has said, "My paintings require a kind of literary time." She likens viewing them to reading a novel. Peltz strives to make her work "open ended." Although the symbolism in her works can be obvious, subtle interpretations of the paintings can change after extended or repeated viewing.

Although there are only twelve paintings in "Pink Works," the exhibition clearly shows the evolution of Peltz's style. There is the softly rendered realism of "Holiday," the patterning of "Ma Cherie," and the more recent stenciled works like "Frog Prince." This exhibition was organized by I space, a Chicago gallery operated by the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, with the works loaned courtesy of the artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, and private collectors. An illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Peltz's work has been exhibited at various galleries in the Chicago area and in Boston, San Francisco, Milwaukee, and Paris, France. She holds a BFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz and an MFA from the University of Chicago. Peltz is currently on the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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