Wendy Jane Bantam | Solo ExhibitionApril 17, 2020 - April 30, 2020
CALL 402-420-9553 or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org to view the paintings in person. You must make an appointment to view the paintings, in groups of four or less (healthy, non-symptom showing). You can also contact the gallery to provide your contact information and we would be happy to FaceTime and Zoom with you so you can view the paintings over the phone. Complimentary delivery within the Lincoln/Omaha local area.
When we one day glance back to examine the art of the first half of the 21st century, and we parse out the pre-pandemic from the post-pandemic, we’ll find Wendy Jane Bantam’s “Birds and Superheroes” in a curious category of its own: art of a wickedly rosy-hued prescience in a time of rapid collapse. The creation of this work predates the global epidemic, but predicts the miraculous bouts of health exhibited by the earth and its non-human populations when travel ceased, production eased, and pollution waned. Drawing from her signature palette of colors that seem derived from the richest hues of nature, from fields of flowers, from the heart of the storm, from under the sea, Bantam creates a phantasm of creatures taking flight, setting sail, conducting electricity, in a landscape simmering with damage. These paintings and etchings depict these creatures eyeing their predicaments with an intimidating grace, and the work communicates with wit and beauty, creating a dystopia with optimism.
~Timothy Schaffert, Author: The Swan Gondola; Devils in the Sugar Shop; The Phantom Limbs of the Rollow Sisters