Reception: Friday, February 15, 2013,6-9pm Exhibition
Dates: February 15 - March 30, 2013
is please to announce gallery artist
Ann Toebbe’s upcoming solo show,TheInheritance.
This will be
Ann's first solo show with the gallery. TheInheritanceis
a series of portraits about a botched inheritance.
The story is from Toebbe’s parents: when her mother
Margie was in her 20s in Cincinnati, she met two sisters, Dorothy and
Dorothy and Jessie, who lived together and never married, became
friends of the Toebbe family. Dorothy and Jessie also owned a small
shares of Proctor & Gamble stock, a portion of which they promised
Toebbe’s parents as an inheritance.
and Jessie lived into their nineties, and passed away in 2007. Dorothy
and Jessie also left shares of their
P&G stock to their handyman and caretaker, Ron; to their church
to a man from their church named Loreaux. But when Dorothy and Jessie
Loreaux claimed a greater share and sued the estate. While the lawsuit
pending the stock market crashed; by the time it was all over, the
all but wiped out. Toebbe’s parents had counted on the inheritance for
their retirement, but because of Loreaux’s greed,
all they inherited was
disappointment, and anger. For
the portraits, Toebbe drew from her mother’s
stories and family photographs, as well as her own childhood memories
photographs from a vintage dollhouse museum in Joplin, Missouri. Toebbe
composes the portraits as paintings, but she also utilizes cut paper
along with bits of fabric, yarn, flocking, and other manufactured
including recycled painted paper and tracings from previous projects. Together,
the portraits and drawings ofTheInheritanceexplore
intersections of expectation and abstraction, memory and
materiality – and an unfulfilled desire for vengeance.