Women’s Graphics Collective

“Feminist Posters of the 1970s,” silkscreen

Women’s Graphics Collective produced over 50 silk-screened posters that explored social and political issues from a feminist viewpoint. These large colorful posters decorated the offices and homes of feminists across North America, were printed by hand, sold for pennies, and found buyers by the tens of thousands during the rise of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s and 80s.

Esther Charbit

“Mysteries”, collage and encaustic

Charbit’s work concerns layering: the layering of cultures, religious beliefs, and personal memories.

Gail Watkins

“Iconic Imagery,” mixed media

In the cycle of history, the new is created from the old. It is the natural process of formation and dissolution that interests me and is evident in my work. My paintings are carefully designed and constructed with comics, photocopy, paint and glue. Then they are destroyed, often brutally, with sandpaper, wire brushes, boiling water or graffiti. The result is an inset of the historical process, a reintegration of elements destroyed by the passage of time and nature.

Jean Poklop and Pamela J. Lee

“Dual Vision,” watercolor painting and terracotta sculpture

“Dual Vision” is a collaborative effort between two artists as they explore the relationship between the figurative and the allegorical as well as their expression of two concepts of the same subject, in different dimensions. Poklop’s paintings in watercolor speak in an allegorical voice, using realistic images to express mythological concepts. Lee’s sculpture in terracotta deals with spirituality and rhythm of the human form within a representational and direct manner. They are both intrigued by the geometry and architecture of the human body and how those physical forms reflect inner voices.

Iris Goldstein

“Maine Meditations,” plaster relief-wall sculptures and drawings

Goldstein views nature as a stimulus for her ideas and sees nature and art as common elements in her search for a personal way of seeing. Her work examines natural transformations from the literal to the imagined and abstracted. Goldstein has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a long-time member of ARC Gallery.

Tamaki Honda

“New Paintings,” oil painting on panel

The artist paints the figure in an abstract landscape in an attempt to capture the inner voice.

Granite Amit

Video installation

This video is an edited and animated text, based on written correspondence sent by the artist to the poet Jan Beatty. In this written conversation which was held previous to the exhibition Poetic Dialogue, ARC Gallery, March 2004, the artist describes how she sees the connections between the two arts forms. Throughout the video presentation the objects of animation are written words. In the created dynamic, the perception of motion by the viewer fuses with the semantic content.

Shahin Afnan

“Two Days til Iraq,” A Video by Shahin Afnan

A tense, personal and unscripted account of a young British fireman’s last visit with members of his Middle Eastern family, 48 hours before he is deployed to Iraq. “Two Days til Iraq” raises ethical questions concerning national loyalty, familial attachments and the construct of duty in a contemporary, multicultural society.