|Dr. Seuss, "Pink Tufted Small Beast"|
These are larger stand-alone art works as opposed to the illustrations found in the books. There were paintings and bronzes in the show. They embodied Geisel's playful, child-like nature and extreme attention to detail.
In "Pink Tufted Small Beast", an Escheresque ruin of perhaps a temple, mostly of stairs connected by sensuous forms, lead to the fantasy creature sitting at the end looking over the abyss. Note in the background upper right the volcano blowing smoke rings. The architecture is as important (or more so) than the figure the title alludes to, which is the usual over-the-top creature, ornate, confident, flamboyant and self-mocking.
|Work by Dr. Seuss|
|Dr. Seuss, "Waterfall"|
Note the sensousness of the landscape forms in "Waterfall". Bearing similarities to other backgrounds in his paintings, here it dwarfs the figures which are approaching and on the arch bridge. The waterfall is minimal, almost a distraction, and it goes through two cascades, the last one a trickle which has worn a hole in the arch. Again, a volcano in the background, but here it is in the midst of an eruption. Those tiny figures on the arch are fleeing.
|Dr. Seuss, "Lorax"|
This exhibit adds considerable depth to the public perception of Geisel's work. It should travel down to larger cities, at least in the West Coast of Florida.
Congratulations to Tammy White Galleries and the PHCC Library for an unusual gem of a small show.