Friday, January 27, 2012

Lee Bontecue

Lee Bontecue is an old favorite of mine. She was born in 1931 in Rhode Island.  I was lucky enough to see her retrospective years ago at the MCA in Chicago.  I remember being totally floored by her work in high school.  It was like nothing else I had seen at the time.  It was between Painting and sculpture -welded metal structures but sewn and painted canvas- and hung on the walls.  The spaces in her work are similar to an abyss- deep, dark cavities, that seem like they will suck you right in.  They are inspired by paranoia of WWII- the holes represented mouths, eyes, bullet holes, or open wounds- the dark psychological feeling at that time in history. Her work is really beautifully crafted and so interesting to look at.