photo above: “In Your Satin Tights, Fighting for Your Rights” Woodblock and Printed on Masa. 2016. Annie Lee-Zimerle & Brian Zimerle
The paintings are hung; the lights positioned. The Harcum Art Gallery is ready once more to display a new art exhibit. The works of Annie Lee Zimerle and Brian Zimerle are now available for the Wilmington College community to appreciate. The exhibit opened on January 24, and the contemporary pieces serve to both supply enjoyment to viewers as well as spark critical thoughts regarding present-day society.
The exhibit consists of a wide variety of art media: quaint monoprints, unique sculptures, even a large ink print. There are several artworks that will catch the viewer’s eye, but it is important to try to interpret the author’s message to truly understand admire the work.
There are several artworks that will catch the viewer’s eye, but it is important to try to interpret the author’s message to truly understand admire the work.
One of the most noticeable pieces is “In Your Satin Tights, Fighting for Your Rights.” Depicted on the woodblock and corresponding masa print is the image of Wonder Woman, a beloved superhero and icon for women everywhere. Behind the heroine is a cityscape with tall buildings and horizontal bridges. It appears that Wonder Woman is defending the city. Combining that detail with the title, the image could symbolize the women’s rights movement. Throughout history, cities were the key location for this type of activism and by using a notorious image for strong women, the artists convey the strength of the feminist movement as well as its perseverance.
Another interesting artwork features a young boy walking while looking at a mobile phone. In front of him is a squadron of tanks, quickly approaching their target. Curiously, it is entitled “Gotta Catch’em All,” most likely in reference to the television and consequent video game series Pokémon. Viewers can infer the young boy is playing the mobile phone game, Pokémon Go. The image of the boy and the of the tanks contrast each other, mirroring the contrast of American life. Members of the younger generation have responsibilities thrust upon them by society, and often absorb themselves in their own life while their country is at war with others. There are two worlds in America, and people only see one in their daily lives; the world they see is the one where you “gotta catch’em all.”
Included in the exhibit are many sculptures created by Brian Zimerle. They are simplistic and abstract with many organic characteristics. The key to understanding them lies within the titles, but one is not required completely fathom the meaning in order to appreciate the peculiar pieces.
The Zimerle Art Exhibit features a multitude of complex and fascinating artworks that compel viewers to reflect on their world while simultaneously pleasing their inner creativity. The exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to have thought-provoking discussions with oneself. This opportunity will be available until March 10.