Circle Time: Children and Their Artists
Who among us hasn’t been charmed and inspired by–and slightly jealous of–the artwork children make? That children make transcendent visual art is a deservedly well-known fact, historically appreciated by artists like Karel Appel, Jean Dubuffet, and Helen Frankenthaler; an equally well-known trope is the idea that the freedom found in the work of such artists is something that could just as easily have been produced by a child.
In fact, if only we could approach the integrity of the child’s work, our own work would reach a higher level; the freedom of “childlike” artwork is, in fact, an exercise in extreme mental toughness and detachment. Our children not only impress us with their work, but they often give us a strong example to follow in terms of process, application, and subject matter.
For Able Baker’s 2018 winter show, we have invited artist-families to present work by all the creators in the household; the visual openness freedom that result from these connections provide inspiration to all visual thinkers. Please join us for an opening reception, 5-8pm, Friday January 26.
Christina Bechstein, Melu Bechstein Nenortas
Stephen Benenson, Isla Benenson
Meghan Brady, Gideon Bok, Helen and Ada Bok
Dana Clancy, Barron Clancy
Jenny Dougherty, Cal Conway
Dana Frankfort, Ruthie Frankfort
Vera Iliatova, George Iliatov-Taylor
Hilary Irons, Tessa Irons
Breehan James, Mike Barnett, Otto Barnett
Susan Metrican, Sean Downey, Jean Metrican
Jeanne Quinn, Elias Quinn
Jenna Ransom, Pepper Folan
Carrie Scanga, Frances Harrity
Mark Wethli, Cassie Jones, Wren Wethli
Roger White, Helena Clinton-White
image: Frances Harrity, 2017
January 26, 2018 through March 3, 2018
Able Baker Contemporary
29 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine
Open Hours: 1:00-5:30 Thursday, Friday, and Saturday or by appointment