Cuyler Etheredge “Someone You May Know”
Presented by Ro2 Art at The Magnolia Theatre
Thursday, January 21 at 6 PM
The Magnolia Theatre, 2nd Floor Bar – West Village
WHEN: January 21 – February 24, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 21, 6-8pm
ABOUT THE WORK
In the last few years my painting has evolved from individual portraits—usually of people I know—to groups of strangers in public places: a street corner in Madrid, a DART station in Dallas, a pier in Santa Monica, the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn. I keep my iPhone in my pocket, and when I see a potentially interesting cluster, I take a photo. These photos are not meant to be the ”decisive moments” of an Henri Cartier-Bresson. They are ordinary moments, unguarded, and open to my exploration of the quotidian details of the figures’ lives. A little boy’s G.I.Joe band aide; a young woman’s Celtics baseball cap; an art lover’s motorcycle helmet. I’ve often wondered what their reaction would be if these unwitting subjects recognized themselves in my work. Astonished? Pleased? Annoyed? Somehow more real to themselves? As for me, I relish getting to know them as I paint them; it’s akin to falling in love. And how about you? Is this someone you may know?
— Cuyler Etheredge, 2015
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Cuyler Etheredge grew up in Old East Dallas. After a career teaching college English, she began making art, studying at the Dallas Community Colleges, UTD and SMU. Her paintings, prints and drawings have been exhibited in galleries throughout Dallas; and one of her monotypes was included in the Art on Paper show in Annapolis, Maryland.