July 3, 2010 – July 31, 2010
First Saturday Gallery Crawl: July 3, 2010; 6-9pm
The artwork of Nashville artist, Laura Chenicek, will be on exhibit at the Blend Studio, 79 Arcade building, downtown Nashville. The opening reception will be Saturday, July 3rd from 6-9 pm during the monthly art crawl.
Entitled, “Walking On Eggshells”, Chenicek’s mixed media artwork addresses the issues of marital rape, sexual abuse of boys and girls, incest and domestic violence. Louvered wooden shutters covered with evocative landscapes serve as the substrate to most of the artwork in the show. The viewer is presented with the choice of adjusting the moveable slats of the shutters to reveal information behind them or to not get involved and to view only the exterior of the artwork. During the opening reception, thousands of eggshells will be strewn across the gallery’s floor forcing viewers to crush them as they look at the artwork.
Chenicek has been an artist for over 30 years. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1976 after finishing a semester in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s prestigious independent study program in New York City. She has been awarded several artist development grants. Since moving to Nashville in 2002, Chenicek has exhibited throughout the Southeast. She has artwork in major corporate collections, including the Vanderbilt Medical Center, and private collections nationally.
Information and resources from various local domestic violence programs and organizations will be available at the gallery during the exhibition.
People tell me things about themselves. For example, the gas meter man will tell me about his son with a reading problem and the decision to keep him back a year in school. The woman in the grocery line will tell me her dog has just died. And sometimes these strangers confide in me their most intimate stories of childhood abuse, marital violence and essential unhappiness. I don’t know why they do this, but I listen.
The concepts for the mixed-media pieces in this show have evolved from some of these confidences. The artwork addresses the sexual abuse of boys, the sexual molestation of girls from generation to generation, incest, marital rape and the destructiveness of verbal abuse.
It is a fact that people hurt other people in many ways and that it happens much more frequently than we admit.