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Gilman Contemporary Celebrates Fifteen Years with All-Female Show
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Friday, July 8, 2022
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

It was 15 years ago that L’Anne Gilman opened Gilman Contemporary fine arts gallery in Ketchum.

Having worked at Gail Severn and Anne Reed galleries for 17 years, she found a primo spot on Sun Valley Road and charged herself with the mission of exhibiting emerging artists.

Gilman Contemporary is celebrating its anniversary with “New Voices,” an exhibition of works by four female artists who are new to the gallery. The works can be viewed from 5 to 7:30 p.m. tonight—Friday, July 8—during the July Gallery Walk.

The exhibition is all female on purpose. While there have been great strides to embrace and promote work by marginalized voices, women remain in the minority of major gallery and museum collections, said Gilman.

“We’re trying to bring on new artists, keep things fresh. The exhibitions are designed to spur conversation and this show does that more than any other,” said Gilman, who earned a Bachelor’s in Art History at UNC Chapel Hill.

The works in the exhibition feature a variety of mediums, including the first textile pieces Gilman Contemporary has ever shown.

  • The hand-crafted and dyed tufted rugs are the works of Bri Gluszak. She started out a glass artist, having studied and worked at the Pilchuck Glass School, The Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Wash., and StarWorks Center for Creative Enterprise.

But she began creating textile wall hangings when she was unable to access her studio during the pandemic lockdown in 2020. She utilizes shape, bright colors and material to question and play with viewers’ perceptions of gendered traits and implicit bias, bending edges as she draws the eye around unconventional visual planes that represent bodies in space.

“The reception has been amazing,” said Gilman. “Three pieces didn’t make it on the wall before they sold.”

  • Hannah Parrett, who recently received a Master’s in Fine Arts from Ohio State University, has been inspired by the landscape of her childhood in southwestern South Dakota to create paintings that draw on symbols and tropes of the American West. Her ongoing series “Annie’s Dilemma” references the 1940s comic book series Annie Oakley, as well as Deadwood Dick dime novels.

    Her “Game Camera Refractions,” which hangs in Gilman Contemporary, features two game cameras facing each other as they surveil themselves instead of capturing a voyeuristic image of goings-on in the woods. A repeated pattern representing Pinocchio’s famous nose on both sides of the cameras starts to create an endless loop of growth and redaction where viewers start to question the beginning and end of the lie.

    It’s about how one lie can change the direction of your life, said Gilman.

    Parrett, who has collaborated with Gluszak on some works, says she was inspired to create the piece by the 1940s Walt Disney film “Pinocchio.”

    “The magical transformations of the physical self in this film stuck with me,” she says. “The fact that an action such as a lie would physically alter your body in such a dramatic way is very surreal.”

  • California-based artist Carmen McNall’s paintings are punctuated by deep woodcuts that offer a balance between textured patterns and stretches of pigment. She explores the body as a vessel in her figures, vases and other containers. Her attention to detail, whether a checkered blouse, the pages of a book or dress patterns, is mesmerizing.

    “My work tells the stories of female figures of strength, focusing on those who work with their hands,” she says, adding that she incorporates patterns she finds in nature. “I find great power in the passing down of trades from generation to generation.”

  • Brazilian-born Thai Mainhard, who now lives in California, uses expressive marks and dense blocks of colors to explore opposing forces alternating between chaos and calm.

“I love the movement in them,” said Gilman.

Gilman said it has been fun to watch the gallery shows grow and change over the years. While some art changes dramatically every few years, art utilizing photographs has stood the test of time, she added.

“And our client base has not only grown locally but internationally, as well, thanks to the virtual galleries that arose with COVID.”

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