Some of Jerry Jeanmard's earliest artwork (the Blue Bell Ice Cream logo showing a silhouette of a little girl leading a cow for milking) is seen daily. Some of his latest work (untitled paper collages) is rarely on view. Jeanmard, who has worked as an interior designer for nearly 30 years, has been creating collages out of envelopes, bills and other scraps of paper for the last five years. These pieces usually didn’t see the light of day, going into storage upon completion or being sold directly to select clients. Now he’s having his first solo show, ''Jerry Jeanmard: -Collages,'' an exhibition of 17 collages.
The collages were born out of Jeanmard's fascination with paper, and he's not discriminating. What would normally be pieces of garbage to most people are treasured items to Jeanmard. Once they’re combined, the resulting conglomerations are clean and sharp, even where the paper is uneven, torn or creased. There's a nice continuity to the show, too — all of the works are done on the same size paper, and all of the collages are enveloped by a significant amount of white space, which helps the somewhat muted colors stand out. Resist the temptation to draw some sort of meaning out of the items used in the collages, from text to recognizable forms such as stamps and maps. This may be a case of a torn envelope being exactly that. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through January 5.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Dec. 7. Continues through Jan. 5, 2012