carpetbag + cozyspace, curated by my friend Kristin Calabrese!

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Friday, April 23 - Saturday, May 29, 2004
Opening Reception: Friday, April 23, 7 - 10 pm

Healing Arts Gallery is delighted to announce "Carpetbag + Cozyspace," a group exhibition organized by artist, Kristin Calabrese. The artists included in the show are MARI EASTMAN, MARY WEATHERFORD, RONALD DAVIS, NINA BOVASSO, ERIN COSGROVE, REBECCA MORRIS, MARCIA BINNENDYK, STEVE CRIQUI, JOE SOLA, CHARLES IRVIN, KERMIT DAVIS, TONY BEAUVY, MARK HOUSLEY, HEATHER BROWN, JOEY LIN, LISA ADAMS, NATHANIEL QUINN, SHIRI MORDECHAY, DONNA HAN, REBECCA RIPPLE, and WHITNEY BEDFORD. KRISTIN CALABRESE will be presenting an installation in the project room. Most of the artists live in Los Angeles and work in a variety of media - photography, sculpture, installation, painting, and video.

The title, "Carpetbag + Cozyspace" is a two-part title. defines carpetbag as "a traveling bag made of carpet fabric that was used chiefly in the United States during the 19th century". This refers to the mode of transport with which the show will be taken to New York: in thrift store luggage, on busses and through baggage checks and in the belly of an airplane, to be taxi-ed to the gallery. The second definition of carpetbag is an adjective: "following the practices or characteristic of carpetbaggers"." A carpetbagger is "an outsider who seeks power or success presumptuously; "after the Civil War the carpetbaggers from the north tried to take over the south"."

"Cozyspace" is the other half of the title. The works chosen for this exhibition are, when taken as a whole, intended to convey a feeling of cozy-ness: lots of bright primary and secondary colors and puffy shapes that allow the viewer to feel safe, contented, and happy.


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