Louise Erhard: Yes, No, and Everything in Between
March 5 – April 10, 2011
Opening Reception: Fri., March 4, 6-9 pm
Louise Erhard’s work explores the dynamics of her interpersonal relationships and the ways her ego and misperceptions have affected those relationships in the past. Her creation of space and place is executed through collage. Beginning with a clean board, Erhard layers mixed media from everyday publications — cut and pasted from posed advertising imagery and the discarded decorative elements from our collective pasts. Her use and manipulation of common imagery of architectural elements is intended to create visual representations of the everyday struggle with one’s ego and the desire to rise above it.
Louise Erhard’s exhibition will include pieces from four bodies of work:
Interiors – The interior collages are a visual diary of Erhard’s emotions as affected by the internal and external conflicts she experiences in her life. Each one is about how personal filters and misinterpretations create her personal reality.
Kaleidoscopes – Exploring visual stimulation and the concept of what is considered sexy, Erhard’s Kaleidoscopes play with the idea of how the mind can be manipulated to think sexual thoughts, not by focusing on graphic sexual images, but by insinuation and suggestion, using provocative facial expression and isolated body parts.
Sailor’s Valentines – Sailor’s Valentines were created from mementos collected by Sailors during WWI and WWII for their wives and girlfriends while at sea. Erhard’s two dimensional sculptures are a modern twist of that traditional concept, and are meant to convey the sailors’ longing and desire to return to the memories and fantasies of the lives they left behind. In a sense, they can be viewed as a voyeuristic peek into their private dreams. The embellishments Erhard chose for these pieces incorporate the shells that were used traditionally, juxtaposed with plastic toys from her childhood. These seemingly disparate objects are made coherent by the use of a single color, monochromatic epoxy resin.
Television Photographs – The series of photographs taken off the TV while movies are being played are snap shots of the expressions we are all familiar with, past portrayals of emotions we all deal with as in individuals today. As a still image taken out of the context of a moving picture, these photographs become modern portraits we may identify with in a contemporary setting.
Image: Louise Erhard, Satin and Lace (detail), 2010, Paper and resin on board, 38 × 38 in., Courtesy of the artist.