|Margaret Meehan, Journeyman, Archival Print, 2011|
|Margaret Meehan, Lacing, Archival inkjet print, 2011|
The handout allows the artwork to be presented without titles giving the viewer a sense that the space is well organized. Most of the walls in the gallery are white and the photographs are framed in white making the space feel very clean and minimalistic. The layout of the artwork is staged in a space that is very small and could easily seem cluttered. However, the layout of the artwork is counterclockwise with ample room between each piece making the gallery seem spacious. The works in the gallery are both photographs and installations that seem to be telling a story of a woman during a boxing match. The handout became very helpful when viewing the artwork because the titles used were terms that were unfamiliar. The handout also helped to keep the narrative moving forward in the order it was intended to be viewed.
|Margaret Meehan, Rope a Dope, Velvet, aluminum, poly-fil and thread, 2011|
The first photograph presented is Journeyman: A woman, covered in white wolf like hair on her face and chest, dressed in a white dress standing next to a white chair wearing boxing gloves. This woman is the subject for the majority of the photos for the show but each photo thereafter shows the subject progressively battered presenting a contrast with the use of red blood and a purpled black eye against the stark white of her dress, hair and background. Standing close and studying each photo it seems that the viewer becomes the subject’s opponent; it appears she is looking back at each viewer as though they are the one that just struck her.
|Margaret Meehan, Jab, Archival inkjet print, 2011|
|Margaret Meehan, The Circled Square, Aluminum, vintage glass glitter and oil stick, 2011|
From the moment the guests enter the Women and Their Work gallery, there are several tools to help understand Meehan’s show. The binder with the artist background and past gallery showings to the title handout allows guest to add context to each piece of artwork and the show as a whole. The organization and layout of the gallery allowed the guests to view each work with ease and understand the artist’s narrative.
- Vanessa Stuart