Staff Picks: Small Works

The staff from InLiquid is starting a new series, Staff Picks, where we pick works that intrigue and move us.

Our first round of Staff Picks comes from our new intern, Erika, who is especially taken with Stephen Millner’s Postcard Collages in our Small Works online exhibition.

Like many, I hold onto items that are passed down from my family before me. Specifically, I own a set of handwritten directions from my mom. Before I had data and a smartphone at sixteen, these directions, turn-for-turn, show me how to get from my house to the Jersey Shore and back. 

Stephen Millner’s “Postcard Collage” stands out to me because it brings me to that sentimental feeling I get when I read my mom’s directions. Featuring a handwritten dinner recipe at the top of the collage, a black & white photo with a group of young girls at the bottom, and a road map layered in the background, the collage evokes a feeling of generational nostalgia. Things like recipes, photographs, postcards, maps, or in my case, directions, are passed down through the generations, from mothers to daughters and so forth. Millner’s collage tells a universal story (as many of his collages do) of family, of women, the past, and the many artifacts that linger from familial generations. 

A signature of freedom, my mother’s directions still sit in my glovebox. They are there whenever I need to be led to my favorite family place. But more importantly, as Millner’s art details for the viewer, my mother’s directions are something more valuable –– something that tells a story of my family. Something that I can one day pass down to my own daughters.

Stay tuned for more Staff Picks!

Art that playfully employs found images, biomorphic shapes, photo transfer and collage in somewhat surreal, abstracted landscapes/cityscapes, enriched with various media such as water color, acrylic, and colored pencil. Nature is a source of joy and also concern.
Rosalind Bloom
Rosalind Bloom

Art that playfully employs found images, biomorphic shapes, photo transfer and collage in somewhat surreal, abstracted landscapes/cityscapes,…

Art that playfully employs found images, biomorphic shapes, photo transfer and collage in somewhat surreal, abstracted landscapes/cityscapes, enriched with various media such as water color, acrylic, and…

Art that playfully employs found images, biomorphic shapes, photo transfer and collage in somewhat surreal, abstracted landscapes/cityscapes, enriched with various media such as water color, acrylic, and colored pencil. Nature…

Susan White
Susan White
My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching, a technique usually reserved for rendering form and depth I have created an abstract flat image more akin to topography verging on minimalism. The linear hatch marks are made on a matte gradiated background which focuses the viewer on the duality of surface and color. These works are a meditation on labor and time: of coming together and the borders that separate us. The marks are not only creating an aesthetic pattern they are literally the marking of art, and the work that has gone into the piece.
Brian Palmieri
Brian Palmieri

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate…

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching,…

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching, a technique…

Taesook Jung's work explores the unity of nature and the human experience. In creating her abstract paintings, she internalizes her experiences and finds conceptual parallels in her imagery and process. She layers washes of color to create dark backgrounds that give the illusion of depth.
Taesook Jung
Taesook Jung

Taesook Jung's work explores the unity of nature and the human experience. In creating her abstract paintings, she internalizes…

Taesook Jung's work explores the unity of nature and the human experience. In creating her abstract paintings, she internalizes her experiences and finds conceptual parallels in her imagery and process.…

Taesook Jung's work explores the unity of nature and the human experience. In creating her abstract paintings, she internalizes her experiences and finds conceptual parallels in her imagery and process. She layers washes…

Randall Cleaver
Randall Cleaver
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