Picturing Love

With the forced sentiments of love looming in the air before Valentine's Day inevitably descends upon us, some may choose to escape the cheesy romantic comedies and societal pressures by examining l'amour from an artistic standpoint. You can do this at Zip 37 Gallery's Lovesick, a multimedia exhibit that showcases nine artists' interpretations of love -- even the maddening aspects of it.

The show includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, printmaking and bookmaking, all of which focus on the abstract theme of love, intentionally left open for both artist and audience to unravel in their own way.

Lovesick curator Katie Hoffman will display some of her own work in the exhibition along with eight other artists. "It was going to be a solo show, but since I was creating art that did not pertain to love and I had previously conceived the show Lovesick and love theme, I decided to ask artists that I knew who had already used love in some of their work to participate in the show," Hoffman explains. "I was inspired by the tortured yet everlasting love of Heloise and Abelard to create my own work for the show."

While Hoffman will contribute oil paintings, another artist, Sarah Haney, will elaborate on the darker, less idealized forms of love through black-and-white photography depicting Barbie and Ken's tumultuous relationship.

Lovesick opens with a free reception tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. at Zip 37, 3644 Navajo Street. The show continues through February 26; for more information, go to http://zip37.com.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 10. Continues through Feb. 26, 2012

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