Image from Audrey Heller Photographs
At the 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago this weekend, I was a little disappointed by the artwork for sale. Nothing really struck me as original or showed any imagination or creativity. I was tired of seeing gaudy clothing and boring landscapes. In other words, I was not impressed considering this was my first visit. I was happy, though, to come across the work of Audrey Heller. She hails from San Francisco, and in her own words, her photographs are, “a melding of the influences of Dr. Seuss and Edward Weston.” They are truly humorous and thoughtful photographs. Plus, they are beautifully and meticulously photographed. She takes small figurines and places them in a world that is too big for them. For instance, Bubbly, the artwork I purchased this past weekend, is a diver diving into a glass of champagne. Although this picture is not on the site, there are plenty others that demonstrate her style. I think Never Be Lonely Again! is a great example. It shows a small maid figurine sweeping up a coffee cake on a plate next to a cup of coffee and a newspaper. We will see what the Wells Street Art Fair has to offer this weekend.