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H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art

2004-05 Season

November 2-December 18, 2004

Michael Newhall: Heads

This exhibit featured paintings, drawings and sculpture from Michael Newhall’s Hydrahead and Monk series.


January 4-February 19, 2005

Virginia Meredith: Self Portrait Series

“I always liked the idea of performing, but without having to do it live. The exhilarating feeling of being someone else for a while. … I get the same thrill from this series of paintings, without the anxiety and all the paraphernalia of a live performance.”

Those are the artist’s own words to describe, or at least cast a particular light upon, Virginia Meredith’s latest succession of paintings that she calls, simply, “The Self Portraits Series.” In viewing them, one immediately understands her comparisons to performance and to role-playing. In these often whimsical, consistently well-wrought pieces, the artist actually insinuates her own face upon whatever previously rendered subject of portraiture she has chosen to transfigure.


February 24-April 2, 2005

Chopmark II

Presswork/Prints from: Anchor Graphics, Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, Coffee Can Press, Cream City Editions, Evil Prints, Hall & Moline, Lawrence Lithography Workshop, Littleton Studios, Normal Editions Workshop, Jenny Shmid, Stewart & Stewart, Tandem Press, White Wings Press.


April 14-May 22, 2005

Didier Nolet: Memory and the Poetics of Language

Chicago artist Didier Nolet will exhibit his landscape paintings depicting both the seasons of the year and the quickening of emotions. As with the works of Marcel Proust, Nolet’s paintings are based on  the fleeting memories of his childhood in Paris and Provence, and how those memories can resurface in present experience to create a new poetics of landscape. Unlike many landscape painters, Nolet does not work from photographs or sketches, preferring instead to work directly on the canvas. As Nolet states, “They are images whose edges are softened by the layering of time … The space depicted in the painting stays enclosed and private while swept away by a strange, unifying light.”