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How Do You Take Your Tea? With a Grain of Salt!

By Lulu Torbet

“How Do You Take Your Tea?” is the completely irrelevant title of an exhibition by Edward Swift, Sheridan Sansegundo, and Anado McLauchlin that opens tomorrow at 1pm at the Chapel of Jimmy Ray in La Cieneguita.

Art Opening
“How Do You Take Your Tea?”
Work by Edward Swift, Sheridan Sansegundo, and Anado McLauchlin
Sat, Feb 11, 1–4pm
Chapel of Jimmy Ray, La Cieneguita
Shuttle bus 12:30pm
chapelofjimmyraygallery.com

All three have been making art of one kind or another all their lives, while keeping a roof over their heads by working as everything from taxi driver to landscape gardener to food critic to cruciverbalist (crossword puzzle creator) to novelist. Their work has much in common, particularly mirth and irreverence. And in these dark days a little mirth and irreverence don’t come amiss.

Edward Swift

He will be showing a selection of work from three series that have never been seen anywhere that he knows of: Guardians, Only One Leg to Stand On, and Crazy but not Insane. The work is figurative, made of papier mâché over wood or wire, with the addition of a few found objects such as buttons and hinges. The work is witty but not cute, silly but not precious, clever but not whimsical, and it comes in all sizes and prices. Some of the pieces have been painted and scrubbed; others have been left in their natural colors.  All are deserving of a new home indoors, not out.

Sheridan Sansegundo

She will be showing weird little figures in boxes mainly made from found objects, from old cans to tree bark, not meant to represent anyone but aimed at sparking unsettling comparisons. She will also have a number of outsized painted wooden puppets known in the past as quickerwodgers or jumping jacks, whose colors and patterns bring to mind the Venetian Carnival.

Anado McLauchlin

He is the founder and designer/curator of the Chapel of Jimmy Ray Gallery. He will present an outpouring of assemblage, mosaic, adornment, reflected, and irreverent found objects mixed and mismatched into an esoteric stew of amazement and wonder. Anado calls this ever-evolving body of work “Installed Poetry.” The title harkens back to his days as a performance poet in the East Village in 1970s New York when the island of Manhattan sported a more radiant and beatific edge.

There will be the usual fun, food, and surprises out at the Chapel of Jimmy Ray on Saturday though we are not expecting any Republicans. For those who don’t know the way to the gallery, directions can be found in English and Spanish at chapelofjimmyraygallery.com

A $10USD shuttlebus will be leaving from the Fábrica Aurora parking lot at 12:30pm and returning at 5pm. If you would like to take it, please reserve at toursinfo.sma@gmail.com or call 415 119 4402.

I will be there in spirit, and I hope everyone will come and enjoy the art and the music and raise their spirits.

 

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