Joseph Clayes III Gallery
Gail Roberts and Sondra Sherman: Appellations
September 25–November 6, 2010
Appellations is an exhibition of paintings by Gail Roberts and jewelry objects by Sondra Sherman in which the respective works have been inspired by books. Gail Roberts exhibited paintings that are an extension of her Accumulations series in which piles of found materials are depicted as memorials to the amassing of ordinary items. In her new paintings, Roberts focuses on her diverse and valued collection of paperback novels. The images of books and book titles are vehicles to convey her ongoing reflections on culture and the immediate environment. Sondra Sherman will be showing works from the series Found Subjects. Sherman has often used literary references and wordplay to enhance an interpretive viewing perspective of expressive jewelry. In this series alluding to the artistic strategy of incorporating found objects, she inverts the process by interpreting a ‘found’ title. Each piece responds to the title and binding of an old book which has then been altered to create a presentation box for the jewelry.