Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Rick Borg Gallery at DOO WAC

One of the most prolific and creative artists of the Short North scene is Rick Borg. He's been getting very little respect in the gallery hops, being limited to setting up his own show on the sidewalk on Russell Ave. Yet, he has had his own one artist gallery at DOO WAC Hair Salon on Indianola Ave., just north of Hudson Street. Owner, Brad Sutton, is only open limited hours for hair business, but he always has new Borg works on display. Rick uses old pieces of wood and whatever else he can find to paint on or shape into figures. Always entertaining, his works can cost as little as $20 or as high as $800, depending. His paint is put on thick, chalky, with high gloss or even as a stain. His figures are primitive, but tell a story that most people can relate to.
A little trivia: rICK bORG was on the OSU Championship golf team 25 some years ago.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

April 8, 2004: Linda Howard at Studio 16

Old fans with children pictures on them are mixed with Linda Howards work.

Odd mobiles made of laminated scans of her better known drawings.

Three Years Ago Linda Howard, a 15 year Gallery Hop Veteran, had her biggest one woman show at the former
3rd Avenue location of the former Studio 16 art gallery and art education center. Howard can easily be mistaken for a recent art school graduate as her body of work expands and redevelops. In 2004 she introduced constructions and mobiles to her large number of magazine size drawings.
Many people attended the event. In the picture to the left, the C.C.A.D. model Heather is shown standing behind Linda. On the right, Howard shows the bonus picture that many framed pieces have. She uses cardboard that has 19th century prints from county atlases on them.
Always disturbing , Linda Howard's drawings conjure up her emotional past and her study of the Lost Generation that grew up between the world wars. You can see her influences from the Weimar Republic artists in 1920's Germany. But subject matter is only half of Linda's popularity. Her ability to put lots of details to her subject and place them in odd situations and now on odder cardboards, wood, or paper is quite advanced. The drawing isn't the end of the piece. Her quality of rendering is among the upper ranks of Short North artists.