Bostin, MA - Steven Zevitas Gallery is pleased to present Housekeeping, and exhibition of
work by Chicago-based artist Ann Toebbe.
On View: August 26 - September 25, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, September 10, 2010
Housekeeping features a new
body fo work that continues Toebbe's personal and formal exploration
of space. As the mother of two young children, Toebbe has found herself
spending an increasing
amount of time engaging in the activity of housecleaning. In the
exhibited paintes, she conceptually
relates the act of cleaning to that of creating a painting; with both
activities her ultimage goal is to
establish order. Two large cut paper pieces relate to Toebbe's
grappling with her husband's ex-wife;
in this way, they represent a sort of emotional housecleaning.
There is a significant tension in Toebbe's work that dreives from the
collision of her faux-naive pictorial
style and the formal sophistication of her compositions. Each painting
comes together from myriad
adjustments in the application of paint and tonality, and the artist's
cut paper pieces are constructed
from hundreds of indivudually cut and colored shards of paper.
Toebbe labors over her work intensely,
just as she does in her role as a mother.
"I am relating painting to cleaning a house," Toebbe says of her work.
"I straighten up a painting like
my house to get it in order and playing with using different types of
paint to represent clean and dirty,
dull versus bright color. For these ideas I used my parents dining
room, which I spent cleaning as a kid -
I have such vivid memories of the goofy colors."