NEW YORK—Nearly 200 antique apothecary jars crowd the shelves behind the desk at Mary Ryan Gallery. The collection includes clear and colored glass bottles in various sizes that served as models for the paintings in “Apothecary (storehouse),” David Schorr‘s new exhibit at the gallery. The show features more than 60 paintings of apothecary jars affixed with labels dreamed up by the artist. The labels reference “poetic memories” such as “Eternal Summer,” “Good News,” “Furtive Glances” and “Answered Prayers” and are written in several languages. While Schorr’s works on paper have the glimmer of glass and promise, viewers will also be drawn to the bottles displayed on the shelves. Found over a period of time on eBay and enhanced with handmade labels, they too are compelling objects of art.
Schorr lives in New York and is an art professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., where the exhibit was on view from Feb. 2 to March 4, 2012. “Apothecary (storehouse)” runs from April 26 to June 16, 2012 at Mary Ryan Gallery.
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