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Exhibit showcases Bard-inspired art PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:15
Preston Jackson’s “Inside the Cauldron” stills in the middle of the Willard Wankelman Gallery on the campus of Bowling Green State University. The cast bronze sculpture is part of the exhibit “As They Like It: Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare.” (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Art inspired by the plays of William Shakespeare now on display on campus demonstrate the range of reaction to the Bard's work.
The exhibit "As They Like It," showcasing Chicago artists' interpretations of Shakespeare, is on display  in the Willard Wankelman Gallery of the Fine Arts Center. Bowling Green graduate Anne Farley Gaines curated the show with assistance from Maureen Warren and Robert Kameczura.
The exhibit includes the work of 46 artists. The works include a range of media from drawings to cast bronze sculptures.
One of the first pieces a viewer encounters is "Pulse Axis" a tribute to the armor worn by so many of Shakespeare's warriors. Created from zippers and other found objects it connects the everyday world to Shakespeare's world.
Carla Winterbottom uses paint, vintage wallpaper, stencils and a pinhole photo to evoke the wondrous world of "The Tempest."
While some depict traditional scenes, other artists set their work in other worlds. Preston Jackson uses a African-American rural woman to depict one of the witches in "Macbeth" in his sculpture "Inside the Cauldron." Kathy Weaver sets her airbrush and gouache images of "A Comedy of Errors" on the Serengeti Plains.
The show contrasts more traditional images such as Richard Laurent's painting of Henry the VIII, which looks like it could have been painted from life in the king's time, to Frank Tumino's abstract color pencil evocation of "The Tempest."
"As They Like It: Chicago Artists Interpret Shakespeare" remains on exhibit through Nov. 22.

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