ART WALK!: FEB 2 @ 6-8pm. Join us for refreshments and live music by Nick Boddie & friends!
“Everything can be artistic. Even when it’s weathered and falling apart it can still be beautiful. Last year I was given an immense amount of metal that had been saved for decades, in Theodore Alabama, many pieces spanning back well over a hundred years. Instead of melting these pieces down for scrap they were given to me to see what I could do with them. This new line of work is a direct result of these pieces being handed down for generations, finally to be reshaped into art.”
Take aim and shoot. In 1/60th of second (more or less), time is stopped, frozen into a grid of numbers mixing red, green, and blue. In that “decisive moment”, the phrase coined by the French photographer Cartier-Bresson, you may have composed a lasting image of art. It doesn’t happen often.
Maybe you get home and change the image, that grid of numbers, to an impression of the moment rather than a reflection of reality. You may have created a lasting image of art. It doesn’t happen often.
Today’s impressive cameras, darkroom software, and array of print media allow fine art photographers to roam like some ghost hunter between external reality and their internal musings. Reality or impressions? I have passion for both.
Enjoy the show!
The works of Tiffany Leach and Kathryn Wiggins as seen together in this exhibition are independent bodies of work that speak of intimate moments in family life and human relationships. Similarities in form and texture contribute to a cohesive narrative on the unique relational aspect of being human. The language of the narrative may be animal forms and geological shapes, but they fluently speak to the soul about being in community with others.
Leach’s research is a body of work that is empowered by the associations of cultural influence in terms of relationships, language and the exploration of journey. The forms are hybrids of figurative shapes, animal traits and horizon lines reminiscent of the southern landscape. This creates a scale that offers a perspective of both the intimacy and vastness of an environment, and relationships. This body of work is self-reflective and strives to portray physical and emotional relationships, conversations, thoughts and the social persona we project as individuals searching for connections to a larger body often preserved in the fragmentation of our memory. The work results in being largescale figurative vessels, animals with human personification, and the addition of smallscale works that represent intimate spaces and moments. The work is ceramic earthenware, stoneware and uses traditional glazes and lusters along with metallic wax and finishing stains to refine the surface.
Wiggins’ body of work began as a sketchbook project about drawing landscapes. The sketchbook was filled with “notes” on the landscape, with special interest in the geology and manmade rock structures. The natural pebbles weathering daily, the ancient stacked stones that continued to settle, and the grand rock formations slowly moving with the earth’s crust all began to speak to the human experience of relationships. The daily wear of ourselves rubbing against others, how we each affect one another, support each other, and how the lasting relationships deepen and settle into almost one unit all express what it means to relate to one another as humans. These ideas are presented through color: the red and black forms repeat throughout as “main characters,” like a story, but in no particular order. The oil pastel medium gives the forms a textured, solid, rocklike appearance. Lines meander throughout, connecting the forms and giving them expression. All the drawings are oil pastel on oil paper.
The 2-dimensional drawings of Wiggins and 3-dimensional sculptures of Leach are a compliment to one another and broaden the perspective of the relational narrative.
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