Opening Reception at Part Time Gallery

Carrie McGath


Karin Haas

The April debut of Andersonville’s lovely Part Time Gallery was a breath of fresh air. Founded by Ali Hoefnagel, Caressa Givens, Emily Forsgren, and Liz Birnbaum, this unique, homey gallery is commendable and appealing, right down to the circa 1950s Smith-Corona I used to “sign” the guest book. The show, aptly titled only “Gallery Opening” featured the work of Karin Haas, James Lalonde, Liz Birnbaum, and Katie Kraft.

James Lalonde

Karin Haas’ dreamy colored pencil work encourages a meditation on nature through the incorporation of avian and floral themes and the employment of a lyrical, though precise, pencil technique. Organic musing on nature couple interestingly with the conscious and careful technique of extremely laborious execution. Trained as a print-maker, it is refreshing to see Haas returning to the roots of illustration putting pencil to paper, and the love of this basic technique comes through in the work.

Haas’ complements James Lalonde’s scultural-photo work of forest animals, continuing the theme of nature coming to our urban landscape. Four photographs of sculpted animals, accompanied by shelves beneath each photo holding the actual sculpted animal, adorn one wall above the fireplace. The shelves anchor the piece, and the one empty shelf adds a sense of extinction to the work. It is a work simultaneously cheeky and sternly serious. The empty shelf that is presumably missing the deer may also hint at hunting, but Lalonde’s careful and thoughtful portrayal of the animals’ power in their natures also belies any harm to them. Either way, the piece begins cute and benign , but erupts into a thoughtfulness about mortality and beauty.

Liz Birnbaum

Liz Birnbaum’s slide projection piece, off in one corner, near two comfy antique chairs, created a space where visitors were invited to sit quietly and contemplatively with the work. The slides vary in content and execution, resembling stained glass. One particularly appealing image portrayed an organic form resembling a Christ figure anointing a woman.

Katie Kraft

Katie Kraft’s three black and white large-format Xerox pieces lined one of the gallery walls, sobering the other color within the room. Two carry on the natural elements of the show through their organic elements, while the third depicts a girl in overalls walking with a suitcase. All three are puzzled together by the repeated motif of a rounded entryway that occupies much of the space in each individual Xerox.

The show comes around full circle with the pieces echoing the common thread of mediation upon the natural world. These four artists oblige the viewer to stop and breathe and feel welcomed, and viewers will be happy to linger in this new gallery in Andersonville. Part Time is a space that is used for multiple forms of art and expression, so please check out their website at http://theparttimegallery.tumblr.com/ for upcoming performances in the space. Part Time is located at 5219 N. Clark Street in the Andersonville neighborhood.