Coming in for the Kiss
June 15 – July 27, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 6-8pm
*the gallery will not be open on Saturdays in July
Schroeder Romero is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new photograms and cyanotypes by Wendy Small. This exhibition is comprised of three recent bodies of work: Coming in for the Kiss, Morning Glory and Gun Running.
Wendy Small’s works are made by placing objects directly onto photo paper, exposing them to light and then removing the objects. The final product is a unique photogram or cameraless photograph. The process of shining light on the objects results in glowing lines and overlapping translucent forms. The artist further enhances these qualities by her use of various colored papers or by toning techniques. The use of plastic and artificial objects in all of Small’s photograms confounds or confronts what looks real.
In the Coming in for the Kiss series, Small has created romantic scenes where birds couple and dodge through gardens resembling the style of scenic 18th century French wallpaper.
The Morning Glory series of photograms shows what look like fields of flowers or an undersea array of anemones, but the objects Small used to create these fields are actually brightly colored “French tickler” condoms. The use of these condoms celebrates the resilience of sexuality in safe playing fields.
In the Gun Running series Small placed children’s water pistols onto the photo paper. The resulting images resemble x-rays of real guns and are shown together with found snapshots of children playing with similar toys.
Small’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in the United States and Europe and is in several public collections including the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington and The James Hotel in Chicago. This is her first solo exhibition with the gallery.
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Also on view through July 27th in the Project Hallway will be Do You See What I See? (these fags are for sale but you can’t buy this queer) by Bayard. This project is presented in commemoration and celebration of the 38th anniversary of the death of Judy Garland and the birth of Gay Pride. A separate opening reception is being held for Bayard on Friday, June 22 from 6-8pm.
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The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11-6 and also by appointment. Please contact the gallery for further information.
Summer hours: Please note that the gallery will not be open on Saturdays in July. The gallery will be open by appointment only in August.
Morning Glory 5:10am, 2006
unique Color Photogram, 30″ x 40″
I know where we are, 2007
color photogram; unique
40″ x 30″
unique photogram series from 2001-2007
8″ x 10″
Detail of Do You See What I See?, 2007
Mixed media, 31 x 31 inches each panel