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January 05, 1996 - Image 79

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-01-05

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"These pieces make you feel
good," said Madeline Posner, who
worked as a volunteer at the De-
troit Institute of Arts before open-
ing a gallery with her daughter
10 years ago-. 'There's something
new you can find in their faces
every day. The more you look, the
more attitude you see."
Perhaps the layers of attitude
can be traced to Walker's highly
mannered approach. He took
about four years to study and ex-
periment with various combina-
tions until he settled on the
current mixed-media technique.
Each piece begins as a drawing,
then is sculpted in a clay minia-
ture dimension before Walker
shapes, dries and paints the char-
acters.
A former ad agency illustra-
tor, Walker draws upon a range
of cultural influences to create
art that is immediate, recogniz-
able and memorable. In the next
year, Walker's ambitious plans
call for exhibits in eight more
galleries in the U.S. and Europe.
In addition to the Posner Gallery
exhibit, his work will show at the
Richard Russell Gallery in New
Orleans, which will feature a se-
ries of sculptures on jazz musi-
cians.
After "keeping an eye" on
Birmingham for years, the Pos-
ners jumped at the chance to
share half the space of a convert-
ed antique store with Victor
Saroki & Associates Architects,
which designed Industry in Pon-
tiac, and Second City in down-
town Detroit.
Saroki architect Mark Farlow
designed the 1,250 square-foot in-
terior of the Posner Gallery with
a green-pigmented concrete floor,
movable panels on casters and an
open ceiling with perforated met-
al filtering the track lighting. The
combined effect is a high-tech, in-
dustrial motif with an urban grit-
tiness.
The design intent, according to
Farlow, was to create a type of ur-
ban department store where
passersby could window shop.
"It's a way to put art on the
street," he said. `The architecture
(of the space) creates a dialogue
with the exhibited art. Histori-
cally, most galleries are monot-
one and neutral."
And, historically, an art
gallery has been considered more
of a place for an existential real-
ity check. Not quite the place
for a good laugh. But the Posner
Gallery and Tim Walker have
proven that there's plenty of
room for a few more attitudes. El

The Posner Gallery is lo-
cated at 523 North Woodward
Avenue, along Gallery Row, in
Birmingham. The Tim Walk-
er exhibit runs through Fri-
day, Jan. 12. Gallery hours are
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday. For more
information, call (810) 647-
9324.

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