Cryptic languages, hidden doors, secret passageways and escape hatches: expect to find this and more in Stephen Daly's "Drawings and Sculpture" exhibit at Gremillion & Co. It is the modus operandi of this former professor of art (now Professor Emeritus, University of Texas) to challenge and lead the viewers into drawing their own conclusions, leaving just enough clues to guide the way.
|Photo courtesy of Stephen Daly|
|Intervention, ink and water color on paper|
Daly uses the letter format, with salutation, rows of communication and signature, in both 3/25/14 Letter and 3/8/12 Letter, but the language was none I had encountered before. It is a linguistic foil, not really saying anything, but offering the possibility of communication. Calligraphic characters, pretend redactions and autonomous images are arranged in a collective way to create an atmosphere that allows the reader to enter the work.
Understanding these two smaller works proves to be an excellent training ground for the larger Intervention. On a macro level, its quilt-like squares and edging create an arena for two larger zones, struggling for space across a great blockade. Everything becomes much more interesting when viewed on a micro scale, with small private and public spaces offering false barriers and ways to escape to the next zone through ladders, hidden doors and travel paths. Follow the trails through the composition to discover symbolic repeats, word images and secret treasures in some of the more quiet zones.More »