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Table for Two: Harriet Moore Ballard & Patricia Zinsmeister Parker
February 11, 2020 @ 8:30 am - September 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm| FREE
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland will be closed until further notice and the show will be taken down on September 1, 2020. A video of the exhibition will be posted shortly. Stay tuned!
Satellite Exhibition at The Cleveland Convention Center Art Gallery, 1 St. Clair Ave. NE., Cleveland (door is labeled Global Center for Health Innovation). The Gallery is located in the C2 Concourse Attendees can also enter the Gallery using the tunnel from the Huntington Self-Park Garage, located off of West Third Street (1141 West 3rd, Cleveland, OH 44114)
CAN Winter 2019 Article by Mindy Tousley:
The Huntington Convention Center is pleased to continue its partnership with The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve through 2019 and into the spring of 2020 In February, The Foundations show will be replaced with Table for Two: Harriet Moore Ballard and Patricia Zinsmeister Parker.
Parker and Ballard have long enjoyed a friendship which began long ago. Their common bonds, combined with their mutual respect for the others artistic abilities and achievements, has served to strengthen the ties between them. This will be the first time that these two talented women exhibit a number of their works together, and while their creations are individually distinctive, their paintings mesh together visually like two old dancing partners routines. As each artist utilizes her sensitivity to surroundings as source material, trips together to Ballard’s home in San Miquel de Allende, Mexico has inspired both of them. Table for Two, as the title implies, focuses on still lives that each has periodically produced, both past and present.
Ballard, for her part, employs all of the objects around her as well as impressions and references to her life, all become fodder for her paintings. To quote Douglas Max Utter,” There is no clear division between the past and the present, things underground and those built on top. This melding of dimensions became the central content of her work”. She then uses color and line to typically flatten, and either negate or pull together these apparently disparate elements. “Pressing multiple planes into one ambiguous surface and crossing planes with lines that deny the third dimension is central to my work” writes Ballard.
As an artist Parker continually challenges herself. She is equally at ease creating the beautiful, expressionistic still lives showcased in Table for Two, as she is making nonrepresentational abstractions. Mundane objects, phrases, political views and bits of contemporary fashion are items that also creep into Parker’s paintings. These items do not create a flowing narrative but rather surprise us and force us to reengage with the painting under new terms. In her words, Parker is motivated to ”seek new and original means of expression that will convey a unique response not only to the environment which we inhabit but to the world in general.”
As a mutual experience the love of painting that both these artists share is clearly expressed in their work and visible to the viewer in all the ways that count.