If you are interested in peering into Ms. Terry's
rabbit hole, I suggest you make a trip over to Haley-Henman Gallery
on your next available afternoon.
Until May 1, at Haley-Henman Gallery
in Oak Cliff, Ms. Terry's
thought-provoking artwork will be displayed in an exhibition entitled, Labyrinth.
Incidentally, this is Terry's first one-person show.
When asked why he
chose to open a door in Terry's career by featuring her
in a solo show, John Marcucci, the gallery's director, stated that there was a thread in Terry's artwork he
felt needed to be showcased in order to grasp the profundity of both Terry's talent and mission.
artwork from a unique perspective - from that of a ceremonial leader who, "facilitates] personal growth experience through art and ritual.
In this particular case, her
experiments with various creative processes serve as the art, and the ritual is the Labyrinth installation in its entirety.
Although this is her second career - Terry previously worked as an art teacher, she proves herself to be a tremendous artist with an insightful vision.
Not too far into Labyrinth, the viewer comes to understand what a whirlwind force Terry
Terry's extensive knowledge and mastery of artistic processes is superbly captured throughout the installation.
effortlessly shifts from one medium to the next - and does so as frequent and divergently as Texas weather changes.
Each piece, whether it be prisma-color pencil on paper or mixed media, is tediously rendered - to the point of flawlessness.
also successfully harnesses her
zeal for life and mysticism in order to produce the most stimulating pieces.
explores the mysteries of the universe through the substantial use of various symbols and ideas without coming off as contrived, or esoteric.
childlike enthusiasm is encapsulated in her
artwork; and, it nurtures, rather urges, the viewer to take that second look - to separate himself, or herself, from the pretenses of adult life so as to approximate a reality that is deeply imaginative and full of possibility.
By the time the viewer reaches the center of Labyrinth - a place traditionally associated with enlightenment, or self-discovery - it is clear Terry is an artist with a bright future ahead of her, one that promises even more evocative and captivating artwork.
Undoubtedly, there is something for everyone at Madeleine Terry's
artwork is organic, challenging, and true to various disciplines.
The trained eye will be delighted by subtle allusions to Monet, Whistler, Moore, Cornell
, Haring, Rauschenberg, and several other masters.
Those who appreciate philosophy, metaphysics, history, and anthropology, will find their interests succinctly captured.
And, for those who cannot help but love kitsch - myself included - there is a monumental, 300-pound cat still looking for a loving owner and home.
Although there are many to choose from, some other exhibition highlights that call for mention are: Ice Forming; Passing; After Effects: The Bomb; and, Let Our Sisters.
Labyrinth will be on display until May 1, 2010 at Haley-Henman Gallery
: 2335 Hardwick Street, Dallas, TX 75208.