Thu 9/13 @ 6-9PM
I Scarce Can Take It In, opening at the not-quite-year-old Yards Project in the Warehouse District’s Worthington Yards apartments, promises to be one of its most interesting shows yet.
With a title taken from the popular Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art,” it features four self-taught artists whose work is infused with different forms of spirituality, using recycled items to make their statements.
As the press release tells us, “Martha Cliffel, Gadi Zamir, Misty Lindsey and Reverend Albert Wagner possess a rawness and tactility that leads to an immediate presence in their work of destiny. They choose to celebrate expression and creativity over despair and hopelessness, and share a self-determined training outside of any formal pedagogy or tradition. Instead, we learn about inspiration, beautiful and invigorating, through mysticism, myth, faith, rebellion and beauty.”
The late Rev. Albert Wagner, who died in 2006 at the age of 82, was the classic “outsider” artist, who started painting at the age of 50 and was discovered in the ’90s when his raw, passionate paintings on various found surfaces caught the eye of people in the local art community. He obsessively painted religious themes reflecting his personal beliefs, creating more than 3,000 paintings and sculptures.
Chattanooga’s Misty Lindsey has had her text-based work shown at the Outside Art Fair in New York City. Saying the press release, “her work is confessional and represents the voice of the last, the lost and those that have the least.”Martha Cliffel, mother of highly celebrated local ceramicist Kristen Cliffel, works alongside her in Lakewood’s Screw Factory, creating intricate assemblages utilizing an assortment of flea market finds from holy metals and dice to dolls. Her works delight the eye while making observations about women, motherhood, culture and the Catholic Church in which she as brought up.
Israeli Gadi Zamir moved to Cleveland where he founded the Negative Space Gallery in Asiatown while continuing to produce his own art, carving and burning scavenged wood with a blowtorch, then using fabric dyes to add color. He makes extensive use of symbols such as birds and skulls to create shrines, altars and vehicles.
The opening reception is free and open to all.