Highly Recommended, Jan 11 - Feb 20, 2007
is usually used to register looseness and not so concerned with precision.
Laurie Sponagle defies this convention and it is in her defiance that her
definitive renderings rise above the common lot. With charcoal powder and
masking, Sponagle is able to gain the deep blacks of the charcoal, an unruly
substance that likes to drift away from tight enclosures and reign in the
evocative medium that seems to come with built-in shadows and mystery. By
concentrating on specific subject matter, in this case interiors and nudes,
the medium becomes the common denominator. Each subject area retains a
consistent look, although similar to each other through a cool psychological
In an empathic placement with the chairs, her nudes fix humanity in a cold contrast of black and white. Without heads, they have no identity. They are as cool as alabaster, not so much stopped in the middle of motion, but posing. Who they are is not important. They exist as a phenomenon of neutrality where the body is engaged in no more than the occupation of space. This stasis, - faceless, nameless and unmotivated- is more like a thing than a person.
The chairs have been lent the identity of sitters. The nudes have assumed the clarity of an inanimate object. Sponagle, through her controlling artfulness has mastered her medium to omnipotent ends.
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