The Gallery: Carol Markel

The Gallery: Carol Markel

amy chase
Sep 6, 2007

Girl with Big Chicken
Photo print with colored pencil & vintage handkerchief collage, 6 x 8

Introducing Carol Markel. And let's hear it for adornment month!

Markel's photomontages are petit-four pastry versions of grand narrative paintings – and they are all about ornament and home, kitsch and craft, figure and setting, humour and the bizarre. And where'd I find them? Adorning the walls of my favorite "personal architect/design firm" -- Fringe NY -- a hair salon (a haircut is more about structure than adornment, right?)...

Yellow Dress

Girl with Puppy

Many years a painter, after earning a millinery certificate from F.I.T. (where she designed hats for a "fantasy wedding" of the artists Helen Torr and Arthur Dove) and discovering a love of sewing by hand, Markel began incorporating trims, beads, buttons and carefully clipped images from antique handkerchiefs into the hand-colored photographs she took on travels to lost towns in Pennsylvania. The final touch was to populate these scenes with cut-outs of women and figurines.

Big Bird with Apple Blossoms

Lady in Yard with Clothes Line

Come to think of it, these would make fine company while reading Kennedy Fraser's Ornament and Silence: Essays on Women's Lives From Edith Wharton to Germaine Greer.

Green House and Lady in Blue Gown

All works are 6" x 8" photo prints with colored pencil and vintage handkerchief collage on wood panels (with a deep 2 inch edge painted pale lavender), and cost $250.

"The Secret Valley" will be on view from September 6 to November 1 with an opening reception tonight (September 6 from 7 to 10 p.m) at the super fabulous Fringe NY (96 Orchard St., between Delancey and Broome Sts. (F train or J/M/Z to Delancey/Essex.) You can see these gems any T-F, 11 - 7 p.m. and Sat, 10 – 4.

Inquiries? Please contact the artist directly via email.

Know any artists whose work would make a home a lovelier place? Send ideas to The Gallery. Thanks!

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