Saturday, September 23, 2017

Exhibits this Fall

University of Saint Francis

Fort Wayne, Indiana  
Virtual Reality/solo exhibit in Weatherhead and Goldfish Galleries
 September 9 through October 12, 2017  
Riding the Big Gun  charcoal and pastel pencil on plywood, polymer clay, twill tape  6' x 4'
"Folk Fiction"
 Clara M Eagle Gallery
Murray State University, Murray, KY  
(group/ Oct. 3- Nov. 6)
The Loss of Virginity   oil on canvas  

From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands 

 Oct. 5, 2017 – February 11, 2018 United Company Regional Gallery  

Opening Reception: October 5, 2017, 6–8 p.m.

Rose Lehrman Arts Center Gallery

Harrisburg Area Community College

"Virtual Reality Reorganized"

Oct. 17 - Nov.10, 2017
Lecture: Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 5:30 p.m., Whitaker 214
Reception following the lecture at the gallery

Candy Faux  oil on panel   24" x 24"

“12th International Guild of Realism”  
Winfield Gallery, Carmel, CA   
(group  9/23-10/23)
opening reception: 9/23/2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

"Virtual Reality" at the University of Saint Francis

"Virtual Reality"

at John P Weatherhead Gallery and Goldfish Gallery at the University of Saint Francis

Fort Wayne, Indiana

September 9 through October 12, 2017
Opening Presidential Gala on Saturday September 9 from 6-9pm
Artist Statement
These charcoal drawings on plywood are part of a series concentrating on large-scale representation of contemporary people. They are all members of the arts community both in Knoxville and Nashville, and I show them unaware of my presence as they attend exhibit receptions. Humans give off subtle clues as to the culture and social groupings they inhabit. They wander around in various stages of interaction or contemplation. The modular nature of flat drawings in a three-dimensional structure allows me to arrange them in an endless variety of conceptual and social environments. The return of the drawings to a gallery environment is the final stage in this virtual reality play.

John P. Weatherhead Gallery

Looking towards Goldfish Gallery
Goldfish Gallery contained altars, plus three full size plywood drawings.
Artist Statement
Where does mythology originate? Who gets to define and invent it? How much of our older Western Mythology is relevant now, and how would it be updated?
I’m using Byzantine decoration, Faberge egg bling, Medieval religious altar construction, and 21st century design standards to create secular cultural altars dedicated to who we are, where we’ve come from, and what we obsess about.
My approach is purely quotidian, from the themes to the materials used. Theater stages and urban streets are blinged-out with rhinestones and acrylic pellets used in the floral industry. Halos are made from both costume jewelry earrings and gold leaf.
My most recent altars are informed almost entirely by the mixed group of actors and burlesque performers that regularly model for the arts community where I live.