Video: Interview with Local Artist Anne Pearce

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Art is subjective. Yet when viewing a work, most of us are quick to formulate opinions that are either positive or negative, for or against. But how often do we stop ourselves in the midst of our own judgment and take time to consider the artist’s own point of view? How often do we try to climb inside their head and ask, “What is it they are trying to say with this piece?”

In the video below, local artist Anne Austin Pearce offers a window into her creative process and the messages she hopes to communicate within her show, titled Passport, which is on view at the Central Library through Sunday, April 24, 2011.

Upon hearing Pearce’s insights to her work, the amorphous shapes she created with vibrant strokes of both paint brush and ink pen take on a deeper meaning, eliminating the barrier between the viewer and the work itself.

A more in-depth conversation with Pearce will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2011, at 2 p.m. in the Guldner Gallery of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. (Admission is free; free parking with validation.)

In addition, a children’s program is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2011, at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St. Aspiring young artists (and their parents) are invited to come create their own illustrated storybook with Anne’s assistance. Once finished, the books will be professionally bound and entered into the Plaza Branch’s circulating collection.

This series of exhibits featuring local artists’ work continues on May 7, 2011, with an installation by Lynus Young, named Artist of the Year in 2004 by The Pitch.

- Adam Gebhardt