I was thrilled to be able to finally make it to Carole Hanks’ show at the Willo North Gallery last week. It will be open until the end of the month, so if you’re in the area, I recommend a trip downtown to see the exhibit.
Carole worked on Smoke and Shadows, the Daily Comics for 2010, producing a narrative sequence of drawings published every Monday for 52 weeks.
The exhibit at Willo North is the culmination of her figurative work resulting from Smoke and Shadows, as well as a group of large paintings.
Entering the gallery you see two panels with life size drawings. Immediately, I felt the power of this body of work.
Around the outer walls is the Seers and Oracles series. I had seen this body of work previously with each piece displayed as a separate painting. Seeing them hung together as one continuous whole gave the work a different kind of impact. One that could knock you over with it’s power.
While I was admiring the work, Jim was busy taking lots of photographs of the installation. The photos above and the two below are courtesy of James Cowlin.
Patricia Sahertian, artist, designed and installed the exhibit. Her ability to arrange the gallery space to show artwork at its’ best is obvious here.
A few close ups of the drawings (my photographs) show the beautiful line work and the additional media included in each of the ink drawings. Unfortunately, I didn’t note the titles of the pieces.
Carole is currently working on another weekly series called Comics 200e Part 2, A Collaborative Portfolio of Drawings and Poetry. It’s a fascinating idea, great fun to watch as the story grows. Be sure to click on the link to have a look at what she’s up to.