St. Botolph Club
2013 Member Artists’ Biennial: "Theme and Variations"
November 13, 2013 - January 6, 2014
Opening Reception Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 – 7pm
MARIANN APPLEY - CLYDE BANGO - FIELDING BROWN - JULIAN CHERUBINI - MIREILLE CLAPP - KATHERINE (KITTY) CLARK - ALASTAIR DACEY - TOM DAHILL - CAROL DAYNARD - RUTH FIELDS - STEVEN FOOTE - WENDY HALE - ANN HIRSCH - D. ROGER HOWLETT - JANET KAWADA - ANNE KILGUSS - BARBARA LUCAS - GEORGE LYNDE - JOHN CARLTON McCONNELL - MARY MINIFIE - CAROL MONACELLI - SUSAN NELSON - CAROLYN NEWBERGER - ALLISON NEWSOME - DAVID WELLS ROTH - MARLO SARMIENTO - MARGARET SHEPHERD - SHAW SPRAGUE - YVETTE STENZEL - KATE SULLIVAN - STEVEN TREFONIDES - NAN TULL - CAROL UNGER - PETER VANDERWARKER - JOHN WAWRZONEK - YU-WEN WU
We picked our Biennial subject, Theme and Variations, hoping that with this musical form we would draw out some of our Club’s talented musicians who might produce short pieces that could be performed on our Steinway as part of the exhibition. This alas, did not happen, but we did receive 36 wonderful visual submissions in two and three dimensions as Members and Fellows rose with admirable ingenuity to the challenge. Many of these fell into two discernible groups–the theme of lunch bags and the theme of variations to be found in the natural growth patterns of the landscape–with the remainder of submissions being highly individualized responses to the notion of theme and variations.
The “lunch bag” theme was first suggested by Barbara Lucas, with the idea that the variations would be comprised of various responses from fellow St. Botolphians to a common subject: a lunch bag. George Lynde enthusiastically embraced the idea and invited any interested artists to participate. This category subsequently took on a life of its own, even including one interesting three-dimensional piece by Janet Kawada. In so far as possible, we have grouped these together in the exhibition.
The second group of submissions, that of variations to be found in the natural patterns of the landscape, is perhaps best exemplified by John Wawrzonek’s remarkable Photoshopped print of the same patch of reeds and water over a two year and multi- season period of time. Others found repetitive natural growth patterns in trees or flowers: some examples of this, among others, are works by Mariann Appley, John McConnell and Susan Nelson.
Finally, the individual approaches to our theme are as varied as our membership. Nan Tull’s abstract monochromatic approach is compelling, as is Steven Trefonides’ with his tongue in cheek verbal adaptation of “love in the afternoon” to “Love in the Bathroom.” Other ingenious solutions to the overall theme include Clyde Bango’s three dimensional adaptation of cubism, Anne Kilguss’s classical reflections, Margaret Shepherd’s meticulous calligraphic response to Frost’s poem “Snow,” Mireille Clapp’s “Teepee Triangle,” and Carol Unger’s diptych, “The Oracle.”
We are certain that this seventh edition of our Biennial will delight all of our St. Botolph Members and Fellows as much as it has delighted us in receiving the submissions.
-Julian Baird and George Lynde, co-curators