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Liz Weber at Three Birds Gallery

by Anna Browning

Liz Weber at Three Birds Gallery

A walk through the self-advertised “eclectic boutique” and hipster haven, Lenny and Me, leads the wanderer to the back room Three Birds Gallery.  Nearly as eclectic as the vintage store itself, the gallery hangs the work of several local artists with the signature style and feel of the space.  Among them, their featured artist on Friday May 7th was Liz Weber, a clear fit for Three Birds Gallery with her wide variety of stylistic paintings.

Liz Weber

Weber’s range in palette went from stark yellow and metallic silver, to muted blue and warm sepias.  Her chosen subject matter was anything from portrait to cityscape or still life to dancing figures.  Her style included aspects of design, illustration, and collage incorporated into her paintings.  There was even classic a painting that evoked memories of a classic circus poster, complete with bold colors and a jumping tiger.  However, a unifying characteristic could be found in her descriptive and laborious detail work.

The fine brushwork delineating wood grain in her ground-view painting of an oak tree, or utilized in the detailed architectural structures far in the distance of a panoramic painting of a city, draw in the viewer.  Then, by contrast, the eyes escape again through the flat colors of the background or the breaking down of the figure into thicker, more chaotically placed strokes, allowing the eye to travel to the next piece demanding attention.  This flow over the display of the closely placed, staggered paintings gave the sense of a cohesive body of work, held together by the threadwork of detail.

 

Liz Weber

The opening for Liz Weber’s exhibition at Three Birds Gallery took place on May 7, 2010, from 6 – 9pm.  Three Birds Gallery is located in the back of Lenny and Me, a vintage shot located at 1323 W. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL, 60622.