Hunter Drohojowska-Philp reviews Things Change, Things Stay the Same for KCRW

Hunter Drohojowska-Philp reviews Things Change, Things Stay the Same for KCRW

June 29, 2017 Press / Publications 0
Cindy Bernard, 1-50 Security Envelope Grid: Michael Kohn Gallery (April 1988); 1-75 Security Envelope Grid: Whitney Museum of American Art (April 1989); 1-100 Security Envelope Grid: Center for Creative Photography (May 1993), 1987-1993, Black and white photographs, wood frames painted black, 100 parts, 14 x 12 inches each
Cindy Bernard, 1-50 Security Envelope Grid: Michael Kohn Gallery (April 1988); 1-75 Security Envelope Grid: Whitney Museum of American Art (April 1989); 1-100 Security Envelope Grid: Center for Creative Photography (May 1993), 1987-1993, Black and white photographs, wood frames painted black, 100 parts, 14 x 12 inches each

…Another graduate of Cal Arts, Cindy Bernard gained much attention in 1988 for her photographs of patterns from the insides of security envelopes, a feature meant to prevent anyone from seeing inside. The arrangements of lines and checks, framed and presented in grids, were titled after the sender of each envelope: Merrill Lynch, the IRS, and so forth. Richard Telles Fine Art in Hollywood has a complete set on view. Of interest on their own, they also provide a background for seeing her 2016 watercolors of blocks of small flowers or stripes or solids all appropriated from the design of a crazy quilt that had belonged to a relative. She had never considered herself a painter and, like any quilt, the edges and colors are a little wonky but all the more charming for that. Seeing them in relation to the intellectual underpinnings of her earlier work lends context and content. The show is well-titled: Things Change, Things Stay the Same.Hunter Drohojowska-Philip, Art Talk, KCRW

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