THEATER CROWD

In 2017 I was able to present my third large scale exhibition of watercolor constructions, THEATER CROWD.   This particular show was four years in the making.  Since 1985 my art had focused on people alone, people in  organized  families, people in happenstance crowds.  (Scroll down for previous posts.)  

 For this last large scale show of my career, I didn’t want to offer any painting for sale.    I just wanted to honor people in my professional life who have shown up.  My way was to provide a venue that was safe to welcome all comers.  And all comers could welcome all other comers.

          

A theater crowd is a crowd unto itself.  It may look like a random bunch of people but each shares the same thing in common, a determination to locate the Common Wealth Gallery, 100 E. Baldwin Street, Third Floor, Madison, WI.  Those who have taken their seats and those who line the walls of the vestibule came from my own imagination.   I have utilized the alcove area of the Common Wealth Gallery as enclosure for our theater goers who have taken their seats. 

 

 

Not everyone is ready to take his or her seat.  You must have walked by them out in that large Vestibule.   Linger on the stage of the theater section as long as you like.  Soak in the warmth of attention.  But take some time to visit the Vestibule People .  

This is a show where all are welcome in the audience and no money is needed.  Many of those who have come early, pass the time people watching until show time.  How convenient for people watching is stadium seating! You can find open seating at this performance by entering the stadium/stage center.  As long as you wish to pause, spot lights will welcome you and describe you in greater detail.  Hopefully, you are pleasantly surprised to find that the show is about you, yourself.  YOU are what’s on for this performance. 

Coffee or tea, appreciative greetings by watercolor artist Virginia Huber and Petey the Pup are in the way back area. 

 

Come to the theater.  Come early and indulge in people watching. No need to sneak guilty peeks; these are people who are fine when they are acknowledged.  When it comes down to it, they are really just figments of my imagination. Paint and paper.  Works of art don’t judge you for your curiosity.  Works of art welcome your attention as long as you wish to offer it. What’s showing?  You are.  Pun intended, you showed up for my very last large show.  You came those weeks in January or you are here now visiting my blog.   Many thanks for that.  

 

I was curious to see if I could portray people watching that goes on across a theater audience.  People moving around in half light.   Bright light on center stage before manager appears on center stage to make announcements about cell phones.  The FIRST jpeg you see represents the lighting within the alcove at Commonwealth Gallery.  (A Friend in Art, Carol Chase Bjerke, came by to photograph the alcove in bright photographic light.) In the vestibule, for the show, there was conventional gallery lighting.