Brian Chu: Passage
November 22 - December 21, 2016
Opening Reception: December 4
Descriptive painting in the hands of an artist like Brian Chu joins its subject matter, in this case landscape, to the experience of an unseen figure being within a scene. Chu’s images convey a sense of place while they also evoke the painter moving and working within that place. It is this sense of being within a place, of discovering passage into and through a place that makes Chu’s paintings intimate encounters. We typically think of intimacy as a possibility in figure painting, but the personal connection of the artist to his surroundings reveals something peculiar about intimacy between subjects weather other persons or things. The use of “subjects” here is meant to suggest both landscape elements and the painter working within and among those elements.
James Fortune: Selves
October 19 - November 17, 2016
Reception: Sunday, October 16 3:00 - 5:00pm
James Fortune examined the worlds of nature, history and pre-history along with the myths people have created about their own humanity. This exhibition presents a series of self portraits that were done in a variety of materials, demonstrating that artistic content can be understood as the joining of subject (what) and material technique (how). In addition to the portraits the show gathers together examples of works that take a broader look at how our cultural selves and nature blend.
Rangeing from small, quick studies of his own observations in the mirror to larger explorations that engage the forces that give shape to life, Fortune was a visual wanderer whose work was emphatically figurative, experimental and disciplined
Fortune, who died in 2013, taught at Plymouth State University and made art for a period of over fifty years. The McCoy exhibition examines the self portraits and other series of works that include paintings, drawings collage and imagery developed using handmade papers.
Icons and Instruments, wall sculpture
August 29 - October 7, 2016
Reception and gallery talk:
Thursday, September 15, 3:00-5:00 pm
Steven Careau’s sculptures serve as devices or tools that explore their wall territories as if they were claiming ownership. Made of hardwoods and metal, each piece measures its allotted space while suggesting alternative options of size and configuration, implying a capacity for adjustment to tasks and to the environment in which tasks are performed These are sculptures of both cognitive and physical reach.
In his Artist Statement Careau offers this sense of intention:
Seen as both object and act, the work brings to mind exotic specimens, rare examples, caught and held, preserved unchanging. Removed from dirt, gravity, moisture, and strain, it leads the viewer from its material reality to the realm of the ideal, to thought and idea. This dynamic recurs throughout my work and is a defining principle of my artistic and intellectual identity.
Coming Soon …
BRIAN CHU: Recent Paintings, November 20 - December 21
NANCY WYNN and JOHN BIZIS: Silent Witness (Photography and Installation), February 1 - March 10, 2017
ERNESTO MONTENEGRO: Sculpture, March 12- April 16, 2017
2017 VISUAL ARTS STUDENT EXHIBITION, April 20 - June 30, 2017