For centuries, poets, songwriters, artists and others have tried to capture the essence of time in words, music and paintings. Shakespeare urged us to be a master of time. Jim Croce had delusions of saving time in a bottle. And Albert Einstein called time an illusion, perhaps proving that not even physicists are fully able to comprehend its true property.
But we know it exists, illustrated by each passing day.
And illustrating time is exactly what husband-and-wife artists Dave Carrow and Michelle Post had in mind when developing the idea for the show “About Time: Artist’s Interpretation of the Ubiquitous Clock,” which will be on display at the fine craft gallery of WheatonArts through Oct. 8. The show runs the gamut of artistic media with sculpture, video, painting, comic book illustration, ceramics, found objects, wood and more.
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“I think we have every art discipline represented except for printmaking — which is strange, because I’m a printmaker,” Post laughs.
Post and Darrow selected artists from Central and South Jersey, plus Philadelphia, for this show, but “left it up to artists to interpret it how they wanted to.”
Clocks are, of course, the way with which we measure the intangible and often serious subject of time.
“We’re making it a little fun, but there’s a bit of a deeper meaning,” says Post of the show. “But … some are very playful without any deep meaning.”
Take, for example, “Play Time” by Wayne Russell. It’s essentially an old dart board loaded with Monopoly pieces, checkers and items from other games from our youth.
“My artists really got into the deep meaning of time, but his is a play on words. It’s all about games we don’t play anymore that are probably holed up in our attics,” Post says.
Post and Darrow encouraged artists to focus on the more whimsical side of the subject matter, and are themselves often playful with their art and the titles of their shows. In fact, two years ago they curated a show at Wheaton called “Lighten Up,” which was on artists’ interpretations of lamps.
Asked by Wheaton to do a second incarnation of the lamp show for this exhibit, Post and Darrow decided against it. They were ready to move on to another topic. Considering the “nature of the gallery,” they developed the clock exhibit.
“In the fine craft gallery at Wheaton, they have a lot of items for sale, so I always think along those lines,” Post says. “If I’m putting something there, it needs to have a high likelihood of selling. That’s why the lamp show did well. You can always find a place for a lamp, and you can always find a space for a clock.”
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But not everything in “About Time” is a ticking and working clock. Jackie Sandro’s “Do You Like Butter?” is an homage to her grandfather who would pick buttercups and tickle her under her chin with them as a child.
“It’s a very poignant piece,” Post says.
On the flip side is Post’s actual grandfather clock — which is molded to look like someone’s grandfather.
“My grandfather clock is very playful … (he’s) nobody in particular,” says Post of her 6-foot-tall sculpture created with carved styrofoam and fiberglass. “But grandfathers always had pocket watches, so he’s holding a pocket watch.”
Millville residents Post and Darrow are very involved with Wheaton, which Post claims is a “treasure of New Jersey.” Known for its glass studio and glass work, Post is thrilled to have been able to develop this particular exhibit — not just for Wheaton, but for the South Jersey art scene as whole.
“It’s different and that’s what we like to do,” she says. “I mean, how many landscape paintings can you see?”