Next Gallery artists Betsy “Dolla B” Rudolph and Stephanie Kranstover were featured at an exhibition that opened Oct. 28 at the artist-owned and operated gallery in the 40 West Arts District in Lakewood.
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“It’s kind of a visual joke or riddle. Sort of a still life, if you will, and the title is kind of the punchline,” said Rudolph, describing her project “This is not a pipe.”
Named after famous surrealist artist René Magritte’s painting of the same name, Rudolph said she wanted people to have to think about her pieces to get the joke and the idea.
“They all sort of come back to a thought process,” she said. “You look at it and it’s not just a painting of a sunset, there’s a bunch more to it. I’m hoping the viewer will really hone in on that, and take the time to look, and have their a-ha moment, maybe a little giggle — some of them are funny.”
One example she gave was a piece called “War & Peace, Deconstructed,” a dictionary sitting on a pedestal.
Rather than following in Magritte’s footsteps, Rudolph had the idea for the pieces before settling on calling it “This is not a pipe.” She said Margritte described himself as a thinking man who paints, and the comparison is “more that cerebral piece of it where it’s an opportunity to look at it, talk to other people, and maybe some comments on global warming and some other things you wouldn’t think about.”
Rudolph and Kranstover’s exhibits run until Nov. 13.
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