Art: Our Small Private Stories
Twelve21 Gallery's newest show features the work of Robert and Carla Poindexter
Published: April 28, 2011
"The improvisational works in watercolor and ink on paper are my visual poems," Poindexter says in his statement on the gallery's website. "If I could write, my words would read like these watercolor paintings, if I could create music, my music would sound like my ink drawings, with all their joy, with all their sadness."
Somehow, that emotion in Robert Poindexter's work - that joy and that sadness illustrated in the freedom of his brushstrokes and forms - is well balanced by the more measured and studious works by Carla Poindexter. That's probably due in part to the fact that the artists in Our Small Private Stories share a story of their own. The Poindexters were once married and are now cordially divorced, and the curator of Twelve21 Gallery - Sara Poindexter - is their daughter.
"I've chosen to not explain too much about their relationship or their relationship to me in hopes that the concentration can be on them both as individuals, and so that their art can be viewed without any prior expectations," Sara Poindexter says.
An understandable impulse. But even without knowing the dynamic between the artists, a viewer can't help but notice how the works complement one another, how they play off one another, that there's something more going on than just two artists who happen to share a gallery show or a last name - that the artists do indeed seem to have a small, private story that they're telling via art.
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