|This image||comment||From the show
When Johnny Comes Marching Home, at
Artel Gallery in Pensacola, Florida
February 20 - March 30, 2007
Juror: Lonnie Rich
The artistic theme, ?When Johnny Comes Marching Home?, provided
very restrictive boundaries for Artel artists to work within. As juror, I also
found it challenging to limit and to reject quality artworks simply because
they stepped outside the guidelines of this narrow theme. The evaluation of
artworks requires the consideration of two major concepts found within the
study of art: form and content. Some of the submitted artworks were carried
more by the strength of their content (their emotional impact), while other pieces
drew strength from the form (the physical characteristics). The stance, intent, or
consciousness of the artist determines how the balance between the physical
appearance and the emotional expression is presented and experienced.
As you view the exhibition, you will find physical evidence of artistic
experimentation and struggle. You will become acutely aware that some
artists may have first hand, personal experiences with the theme. There is
the use of symbolic imagery pulled from the deep recesses of the psyche which
require you as the viewer to contemplate all the possible meanings and interpretations.
You will even see how some artists chose to utilize humorous or satirical approaches
as a means of dealing with the subject matter. However, the entire body of work presented
in this show represents what I felt was the basic mandate of the subject matter, while also
maintaining a level of quality everyone expects from Artel Gallery.