Artwork ranging from dragon-winged and monster-menaced shoes, to a gallery laundry tree and photos of shoes and laundry, is found in a show by longtime Oklahoma City artists Claudia Wylie and Jenny Woodruff.
The delightful, two-woman “shoes and laundry” show is on view at Paseo Art Space, 3022 Paseo, the gallery and office of the Paseo Arts Association.
A plastic Godzilla toy threatens a figure hiding inside the base of an orange plastic Eiffel Tower in a work by Wiley, a longtime Oklahoma City artist and friend of Woodruff.
Found objects also play a prominent part in a row made up of various kinds of shoes, displayed on top of fifteen small, red-orange plastic seats or stools, lined up on a low plastic shelf, by Wylie.
Tiny, doll-sized shoes on wire stands, placed atop five small red plastic chairs, seem to be looking down on a “Sea Snake,” which Wylie made by connecting shoe shapes, in a blue plastic child's wading tub.
Other attractions, supplied at no extra charge by Wylie, include a yellow and blue shoe with a red bulb that may be plugged in, and a chair filled with plastic hot dogs that squeaks, loudly, when you try to sit in it.
A wall of black-and-white photos by Woodruff portrays everything from laundry at rest, or in motion, to laundry on lines, and individual items such as a blouse, lingerie or a shoe, in front of white and black backgrounds.
Excellent color pictures by veteran photographer Woodruff have an informal, neighborhood feel, too, whether they were taken in Oklahoma, England, Scotland, Belgium or India.
Close-ups of jazzy shoes and people wearing them grab our attention, but Woodruff's photos of a shoe tree, a burly man in kilts hurling a hammer in Scotland, and of a blue stuffed bear in front of a laundry are equally rewarding.
Art you can touch and purchase in the gallery space hangs from a clothes tree, on which fabrics, tie-dyed by Woodruff in collaboration with Cass Buckner, are on display.
The enjoyable, user-friendly exhibit, waggishly called “Keep your Knickers On,” is recommended viewing.
— John Brandenburg
Paseo Art Space