Thursday, December 19, 2002
Steamboat Springs While looking for inspiration for her joint art exhibit with Pat Walsh, Susan Schiesser found Dave.
Dave is a small clay gargoyle that was sitting on a shelf in the ladies' studio this week. He comes from an elementary school art class.
"He was leftover in the trash. Some anonymous 9-year-old made Dave," Schiesser said.
Schiesser also had a dream. It included a carpenter, sheet metal and Plexiglas.
Somehow, Dave and the dream were combined to produce "The Truth About Dave" art exhibit, which opened this week at Toys in the Attic and runs for about a month.
"It's a combination of painting, printmaking and installation art," Walsh said.
The artists made 62 small individual oil monotype pieces. They built cases from Plexiglas, wood and sheet metal to place seven different series of monotypes. One whole installation is dedicated to Dave the gargoyle.
Both women admitted it was a strange idea. "Then we did it, which is even more strange," Schiesser said.
But the result was a complete collaboration that features each woman's talent, as well as being a fun exhibit.
"It's very unusual to collaborate like this," Walsh said.
Both women worked on some of the oil monotypes together, essentially letting go of their personal ownership of the work.
Along with "The Truth About Dave"-themed installation, which is also the title of the show, there's the "Penguin's Ball," "Over the River and Through the Woods," "Pollination" and "Blueberries and Pomegranates."