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Celia Eberle at Plush Gallery

'The Furies,' 2011, alabaster, agatized coral, found objects, 6.5 inches x 3.5 inches
‘The Furies,’ 2011, alabaster, agatized coral, found objects, 6.5 inches x 3.5 inches

Ohhhh, I wanted to possess The Furies in a bad way, but was too late. Some lucky individual beat me to it, and as I write this, has probably taken possession of them and is in the process of mounting them in their new home. This makes me unhappy.

I first met Celia Eberle at Karen Weiner’s The Reading Room, but my first encounter with her work was at the Beasts and Bunnies show at The MAC. While The MAC’s show was a collection of her past and some present work along with the works of three other artists, this show at Plush Gallery was her most recent creations.

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Art Trolling at The MAC (part 2)

Isabelle Scurry Chapman, 'Birds of Lint,' 2010
Isabelle Scurry Chapman, ‘Birds of Lint,’ 2010

Isabelle Scurry Chapman in the lobby. Birds of Lint adorn a corner of the lobby. Displayed against bright red walls, they have a lot to compete with. But they manage to hold their own as part of the Beasts and Bunnies exhibit at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC).

Chapman’s artist statement. These birds are made from recycled materials and things I find in living. This project is about being present… to my life, the birds that I see, the materials that float through my visual field, and my response to them. Birds in my work represent spirit, soul, a part of me that is connected to all living things. “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul” (Emily Dickinson) are words that seem to fit what I am looking for as I weave laundry lint, sticks, seeds, bits of nature, thread, buttons, and other found objects into whimsical birds.

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Art Trolling at The MAC (part 1)

'Call and Response,' 2011. Collaborative installation detail.
‘Call and Response,’ 2011. Collaborative installation detail.

Beasts and Bunnies in the main galleries. I couldn’t help but start my visit backwards and clockwise. The suggested path was to start in the large gallery and work my way around counter clockwise. But with all the tick-tocks, whirling, shadows, and landscape features, the collaborative installation in the square gallery was begging me to wander through it first before moving on to the larger gallery. This installation is an indoor winter wonderland, but with spots of bright yellow, and the sound of creature activity, I could feel that spring was being promised. Since it’s impossible for me to capture the complete experience with photos and words, I strongly suggest you visit the show physically at The MAC. But first, read on. I have more to offer about this show.

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Beasts and Bunnies


At The MAC (The McKinney Avenue Contemporary)
January 8 through February 12, 2011

Opening Reception with the Artists:
Saturday, January 8, 5:30–7:30 pm

Helen Altman, Frances Bagley, Celia Eberle, and Margaret Meehan in the large and square galleries. This group exhibition brings together these four artists to investigate “the animal” both literally and metaphorically. Helen Altman, Frances Bagley, Celia Eberle, and Margaret Meehan have all worked using animal imagery and share a similar sensibility. Through sculpture, painting, photography, works on paper, and video these artists each push and prod at the boundaries between nature and culture as well as the assumed distance between animal and human behavior. In addition to individual works by each artist, the exhibition will feature a collective installation titled Call and Response.