little things

small works:big senses
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Elaine Brandt . Jessica Kolodziejski . Bryan Gorrie . Susan Joseph . April Durham 

Welcome to this, our first annual small works exhibition. Curated by April Durham, this exhibition includes work by people we admire and which we would like to share across the many layers and temporalities of our networks. The brief statements about the artists form little reflections on long relationships between April and the artists and the practice they share of making, exhibiting, and supporting creative work.

Little Things expresses the way that sometimes the larger experience, feeling, idea is best said with the small gesture. Far from diminishing the affect, the infinitesimal holds the infinite. 


All of the artists whose work is featured here give whole-heartedly to their practices, beyond and beside the pressures of everyday life. Sublime and quotidian, these works give voice to the hand and heart of the artist, in a thumbprint, a misalignment, a blur of movement. 

Usually Legende and our mother organization, Catspaugh Studios, are all about ideas circulating beyond the values of market-driven productivity. Here, we want to branch out and include the option for our viewers to benefit from the works long-term and support the artists who make them. That is to say, everything is available for purchase and the prices are reasonable. Gift yourself or others and encourage creativity among the arts community. 

an exhibition of small works

Elaine Brandt
I met Elaine at Art Center in the late 1990s. Immersed in a rigorous MFA program, we shared an interest in the unfashionable subjects of myth and feminism. 

Coming from a background in the NY fashion industry, Elaine was an inspiration to me in her way of being fierce and womanly that continues in her work and her being today.

The Mind Body Dilemma
Elaine Brandt
2015
8.5 x 12 inches
​​water color collage on paper with pencil












to see more of Elaine's work,
visit her website
Fiery Furnace
Elaine Brandt
2017
9  x 12 inches
​​water color on YUPO



Fiery Furnace
Elaine Brandt
2017
9  x 12 inches
​​water color on YUPO



Jessica Kolodziejski​

Jessica. Mi corazón,

I remember when you helped me with that first installation at university, the one with the bizaare concrete pillars and the purple-blue walls. You were small but then I was too. Your tiny drawings helped me remember how to fly. In Africa, you learned about putting your heart in your paintings. They called to you and do so to me also.

Jessica's paintings of female forms, faces, gestures capture more than just the body. She seeks her own shadow in these works, along with that of her mother, her sister, her friends, her child. Born and unborn, old and young, the forms here beckon from distant shores of a past still unfolding on the screens of contemporary worlds.

bottom left

Lady One
Jessica Kolodziejski
2012
acrylic on canvas
​15 x 20 inches

bottom right

Lady Two
Jessica Kolodziejski
2012
acrylic on canvas

​15 x 20 inches
Bryan Gorrie

Landscapes of the heart, maps of the mind, and tender buttons rendered like cats over the Sierra Nevada.

Bryan's work ranges from prints to paintings, landscapes to animals. All rend the veil between worlds, the masks that obscure the heart. Any might apply to every situation.

As an archeologist, he knows how to find the smallest of bones in the rubble of the desert landscape. As a refined agronomist, he believes in retaining a bit of the land under his nails. As a seeker of flexible identity, he costumes himself as a dirty dandy, a ghost aboard the Trans-Siberian railroad.
Green Heron
Bryan Gorrie
2017
4  x 8.5 inches
​​woodblock print on paper
Venus with Horn
Bryan Gorrie
2018
4 x 6 inches
​​wood block print on paper

Dark Venus
Bryan Gorrie
2018
4 x 8.5 inches
wood block print on paper

Susan Joseph

Susan oh Susan!

Your chill ways and inclusive attitude foster the best of all possible communities. In Claremont, you added me to your group of girls who went to interesting feminist and radical doin's, even though I was just Linda's friend.In LA, you invited folded all of us into your generous circle and hosted shows and presentations that kept the circle growing and stretching. 

In Albuquerque, you seem to be stretching in new ways that continue the patterns and explorations but overlay them with a new kind of vision that grows ever-richer.

Snap  Dragon Study #3
Susan Joseph
2018
acrylic ink and gouache on water color paper
30 x 22 inches




lower left
Snap Dragon Study #1
Susan Joseph

2018
oil and charcoal on Arches oil paper
16 x 12 inches

lower right
Snap Dragon Study #2
Susan Joseph
2018
acrylic ink and gouache on water color paper
30 x 22 inches 

April Durham

When you made these prints I was just getting to know you, a bull in a china closet, a tender intellectual, a maker of legendes and teller of tales. Since that early time in San Bernardino, flying to and fro across a desert populated by carneys of every variety, you have changed and I know you as someone else. Even though you now think for a living, these little jewels capture embodied longing from the not-so-distance past.
Waiting I
April Durham
1996

2 of 8 (edition varies)
6 x 7 inches
​​wood block print on paper

Ceridwen's ViewI
April Durham
1996

10 of 23 (edition varies)
4 x 5 inches
​​wood block print on paper

Space II.a
April Durham
1995

2 of 6 (edition varies)
6 x 6 inches
​​wood block print on paper