Upcoming Paul Henry’s Art Gallery exhibit charts mental maps

"Mental Maps" opens on June 9 at Paul Henry's Art Gallery in downtown Hammond.

Cartographers of the human mind will unveil their psychological mapmaking in an upcoming exhibit at Paul Henry’s Art Gallery in downtown Hammond.

"Mental Maps" opens June 9 in the quirky 19th-century hardware store-turned-art gallery at 416 Sibley Street. It features the work of Chicago-based artist, curator and filmmaker Sara Peak Convery and Munster-based artist Kerri Mommer.

Convery, who exhibits locally, will showcase "brave, poignant, and beautiful" self-portraits she did after cancer treatments.

"Convery is also known for creating large mixed-media pieces on painting drop cloths," Paul Henry's owner Dave Mueller said in a press release. "Recently she has created a series of works using U.S. flags that are altered or combined in order to make politically charged artworks."

Mommer, an award-winning artist who works in Chicago, paints bright vivid watercolors, including recent abstract paintings that combine watercolor and acrylic paint.

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"These two artists interpret the theme of 'Mental Maps' in diverse and fascinating ways," Mueller said in the press release. "Maps are static and unmoving whereas the mind is always moving. Mommer plays with this juxtaposition by creating paintings on actual, static maps. The background maps represent calm, logic, and order. The paintings created over them are throbbing with intensity, movement, and bright, hot colors. Her paintings are glimpses into different parts of the mind, sometimes happy and uplifting, other times confusing or potentially treacherous. In this body of work, Mommer expresses a colorful view of the mind, with overlapping pathways, different levels, seductive traps, and sweet spots."

Convery's work in the exhibit offers glimpses into her mental state with multimedia pieces that represent the photographic silhouette of her head. She also reinterprets maps through a series of geometric paintings.

The exhibit will additionally feature work by the late artist Mary Ann Gradisher, who was originally slated to be a participant in the show.

An opening reception will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 9. The exhibit will run through July 28 at the gallery, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, visit paulhenrysartgallery.com or call 219.678.5015.


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