Mary-Ann Liu and Cyrus Yavneh:
Doodle Does It
Elliott Louis Gallery
Vancouver BC Sep 11-30, 2007
Doodle Does It: A Journey from Doodles to Bronze is a remarkable artistic collaboration between graphic designer Mary-Ann Liu and filmmaker/writer Cyrus Yavneh. From Yavnehs abundant scribbles and sketches on paper, which Liu describes as a treasure trove of musical notes and amoebic forms, Liu was inspired to construct three-dimensional sculptural forms in bronze and fibreglass.
Mary-Ann Liu,Tornado (2007), bronze [Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver BC, Sep 11-30]
The exhibit includes more than 30 sculptures together with Yavnehs original doodle collages, plus a Doodle Art Book kit created by Liu and Yavneh. The pages in the kit illustrate the sources of Lius inspirations.
Yavnehs sketches read like a psychoanalysts dream: rife with arrows, radiating shapes, concentric lines, shark- and sperm-like forms, boomerangs, vessels, trumpets, and wishbones among countless other squiggles. Liu has brought various tiny pencil and pen shapes to life in forms ranging from a few inches to four feet in height and width. Included are a 48 fibreglass blob coated with the translucent colour of auto paint; a delicate treble-clef structure with an antiqued bronze finish; a harp shape pierced with a double-headed arrow; a tornado shape and an anchor-like vertical bronze sculpture 32 inches high, both highlighted with touches of flaking blue paint.