There’s something special about ideas committed to paper. While our thumbs rest from texting, our fingertips appreciate the tactile sensation of a physical page. As we create and study images, our brains connect moments from our past, forming a trail.
Phyllis Weston Gallery’s Paper Trail2 celebrates local artists working with paper. This memorable show is a show of memories. Artist Pam Kravetz's paper dolls sport adorable vintage clothes, but bunny ears stick out of their oversized, crazy-looking heads.
Photographer Peiter Griga has spent years exploring how memory is stored and retrieved. His works in Paper Trail2 are haunting black-and-white self-portraits and photos of children and old men. Michael Stillion makes portraits without faces to create open narratives. His bright collages of sweaters are paired with pointy, conical and exploding heads. Down the trail, quick pastel studies of dancers by Catherine Richards of Hark + Hark design hang near Griga’s photos. Back from last summer’s Paper Trail with fresh works are Max Unterhaslberger (spray-painted abstracts) and Terence Hammonds (elaborate wallpaper designs juxtaposed with images from black history). Brian Stuparyk rounds out the lineup, but with some of the same prints seen in his 2011 Elements of Perception show at the gallery.
Paper Trail2 is on display through Aug. 31 at Phyllis Weston Gallery, 2005½1/2 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-321-5200, phyllisweston.com.