Blue-Collar Gothic

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artists: Shannon Morrissey and Jay Wittenberg
August 6 – September 26, 1993
Minnesota Artists Gallery

Shannon Morrissey and Jay Wittenberg explored issues of gender, identity, and empowerment in this exhibition of paintings, prints, and mixed media works. In her evocative pieces, Morrissey freely combined unlikely images - engine parts from her 1965 Impala, religious icons and figurative fragments - and acknowledged her ambivalence toward the Catholic church and her striving to dispel ancient and contemporary myths about women. Wittenberg’s paintings illustrated a highly romanticized interaction between male and female: entangled figures float on vacant backgrounds and estranged couples stare out of stark interiors. Wittenberg’s exploration of relationships suggests the challenge of achieving a harmonious balance between man and woman.

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