Beverly Feldmann

Nancy Lurie Gallery

Given the eclectic ambitiousness of much contemporary art, Beverly Feldmann’s ink drawings and collages seem ingenuous. if not outrageously effortless. Drawing appears to bore her. She scrawls boxlike rooms with paper-thin walls. These contain only the most essential items depicted in childlike shorthand. Even the unsophisticated handwriting appears uncomfortably placed next to her drawings.

What saves Feldmann is that she is a poet, an Emily Dickinson of Chicago’s South Side. Even in the tiny tragedies of broken families that she illustrates best one senses a sardonic compassion: she brings pathos to easily forgotten lives. In depicting life in lower middle-class households from Stony Island Park to Hammond on the South Side. to an outsider one vast plain of gray clapboard tenements and tiny one-family houses sheathed in asphalt, Feldmann brings excruciating honesty. She knows well the

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