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Robert Arneson Lousing up the Space
Chester Arnold Modus Operandi II
James Barsness The Trash Heap
James Valerio Fear
Jose Bedia Muzidis
Sandy Winters Charmer
Lesley Dill Bronze Hands
Peter Saul Lunch
Jack Beal Envy (Self Portrait)
Show Announcement

Press Release

Show of Hands
Jun 18 - Aug 6, 1997

Through August 6th, The George Adams Gallery will have on view A Show of Hands, an invitational group exhibition of paintings, sculpture, drawings and photographs incorporating the image of one or more hands.

A Show of Hands, includes paintings by Arnold, Barsness, Beal, Celaya, McFarlane, and Saul; drawings by Arneson, Bedia, Marks, Stashkevetch, Straus, Valerio and Winters; photographs by Neshat and Schneider; and sculpture by Dill and Leopold. The works in the exhibition by Arnold, Barsness, Celaya, Marks, McFarlane, Saul, and Winters were made specifically for the exhibition.

In works such as China Marks' A Hand of Cards, the clasped hands in Neshat's Faith, or Maffucci Syndrome, a drawing a newborn's deformed hand by Stashkevetch, the hand is isolated as the central motif. In other works, such as Arneson's Lousing up the Space, Saul's Lunch, or Valerio's Fear it is the gesture of the hand the activates the narrative. In Susan Leopold's sculpture a series of hands covers the outside of the box; inside is a view of the walls of a palace fort in Jodhpur showing the impressions, cast and mounted on the walls of the hands of women who perished on their husband's funeral pyres in the ritual of Sati from which the piece takes it's title.

Exhibition Checklist

1. Lesley Dill
Bronze Hands, 1990
cast bronze
104 x 15 x 6 inches

2. Adam Straus
The Scream, 1993
oil on xerox transfer on paper encased in lead
15 x 14 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches

3. Jack Beal
Envy (Self Portrait), 1977
oil on canvas
26 x 22 inches

4. Chester Arnold
Modus Operandi II, 1997
oil on linen
18 x 22 inches

5. Peter Saul
Lunch, 1997
oil, acrylic on canvas
83 x 66 1/2 inches

6. Robert Arneson
Lousing up the Space, 1988
conte, charcoal on paper
31 3/4 x 48 inches

7. Jim Barsness
The Trash Heap, 1997
ink on paper, collage, acrylic on canvas 
73 3/4 x 95 3/4 inches

8. Gary Schneider
Study for Four Seasons, 1993-1995
4 unique toned gelatin silver prints
each 14 x 11 (unframed) inches 15 1/2 x 12 1/2 (framed) 

9. Enrique Celaya
Orphan, 1997
oil on polyester
47 7/8 x 44 inches

10. China Marks
A Hand of Cards, 1997
mixed media on paper
21 x 17 1/2 inches

11. Susan Leopold
Sati, 1992
mixed media (wood, paper, fresnel lenses)
29 x 41 x 34 inches

12. Bryan McFarlane
Invisible Hand, 1997
oil on linen
46 x 46 inches

13. Jose Bedia
Muzidis, 1995
acrylic, collage on paper
51 x 88 1/4 inches

14. Joseph Stashkevetch
Maffucci Syndrome (enchondromatosis), 1996
conte and watercolor on paper
28 1/2 x 30 inches

15. Sandy Winters
Charmer, 1997
oil stick on paper
21 3/4x 30 inches

16. Shirin Neshat
Faith, 1997
ink on gelatin silver print 
40 x 60 inches
edition #3 of 3

17. James Valerio
Fear, 1995
pencil on paper
25 x 20 inches