Beverly Erdreich: Metaphor Boxes and Drawings
July 25 through September 27, 2009
In 2007, Birmingham artist Beverly Erdreich prepared an exhibition that was a striking departure from her previous work. Associated primarily with abstract painting, Erdreich began to research topical issues as subjects for mixed media presentations of drawings, paintings and box-based constructions. The result was Metaphor Boxes and Drawings, which challenged the viewer to consider the larger implications of the most important social and political concerns of our modern world.
Erdreich writes, “For the last several decades I have been a painter. My work has been primarily abstract and approached in a rather lyrical manner…. However, the foreboding tragedies of AIDS and drugs, reoccurring tragedies of war and devastation, the dark and continuing prejudice among people, the unquestioned side of religion and the lost innocence of children…. prompted me to want to deal with these topics.” Her responses to these issues take the form of two-dimensional works accompanied by boxes she conceived and constructed in order to prompt the viewer’s contemplation and involvement.
Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.
Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts