Sunday, May 29, 2011

June: Fitzgibbon, Flanagan, Killian, and Kaminsky

Join us First Thursday June 2nd from 5-8pm at the Fayetteville Underground for another exciting month of all new exhibitions! The work of visiting artist, Sean Fitzgibbon, will be featured in the Revolver. William Mayes Flanagan's watercolor paintings will be on display in the Vault. Sharon Killian will present a variety of mediums in the Hive.The E Street Gallery will feature the work of Hank Kaminsky.

Altered Perceptions
Sean Fitzgibbon

As society becomes more globalized and technologically advanced, I find myself inundated with stimuli and imagery from many different sources. Through my work I attempt to display a beauty and order derived from multiple images as a way to reflect this. My work is often a combination of drawing, painting, and sometimes the incorporation of other media.

Edge of Night
William Mayes Flanagan

I’m interested in change: the signs of change, the moments that we see change happening around us, our perception of the almost imperceptible transition from light to dark and from shape to shadow. My work has always balanced on the edge of night, where the moon and the lone lamp glow. I have sought the hint of mystery, in the places and beings glimpsed in the world of twilight and shadow. In the past year, I’ve explored this world with new pallets and themes. Are these part of my own transition? We will see.

Nature's Challenge
Sharon Killian

I rely on a formalist approach to express how I see as an artist. Formal properties such as color, line, shape and value are emphasized to create this series of works that are my answer to nature’s ridiculous sunsets. I deliberately place on my two-dimensional plane, pieces of color and value, shapes created by one or more of these elements, and flat linear juxtapositions that in the end deliver to the viewer an opportunity for emotional response evocative of that which nature delivered to me through an outrageous spray of light at day’s end. This Nature’s Challenge series are dry pastel on Arches Cover paper.

I live on a hill east of Fayetteville, Arkansas overlooking the White River and the Ozark Mountains. It provides an expansive view of the western and northern skies and nature continually challenges me to create a response through my work with formalist parameters. This series of sunsets are my response to nature’s challenge.
Hank Kaminsky

“I come to this work with broad experience. Over my 52 year career, my work has appeared in many manifestations from tiny jewelry forms to major monumental sculptures. Here, in the E Street Gallery of the Fayetteville Underground, I have chosen to show my small work such as jewelry and small sculptures. The primary focus of my career has been the exploration of intersections, the way that energy, ideas, things and people come together and come forth with new forms. In my jewelry, I have many stories to tell to explain what is happening in my work. Each of those stories gives the audience a personal way into my art making process.”

Monday, May 2, 2011

May: First Thursday: Munro/Bremner, Depper, Arnold, Bohn

Join us First Thursday May 5th from 5-8pm at the Fayetteville Underground for another exciting month of all new exhibitions. We are thrilled to present U.K. artists Craig Munro and Stewart Bremner in their first joint exhibition together in the Hive gallery. Come say hello to Stewart who has traveled a long way from Edinburgh, Scotland to share his and Craig's combined photographic works. Stewart will also be giving an art talk on Saturday May 7th from 11a.m-12p.m. about the process and inspiration behind the exhibition as well as answer your questions. It is always a rare treat to hear directly from the artist, so please be sure to attend. As always our art talks and exhibitions are always free and open to the public.

Also this month The Vault gallery features the dark and industrial, yet always fun works of Matthew Depper. Kevin Arnold's amazing paintings transform the Revolver gallery and the wood and stained glass works of Cheri Bohn will be featured in the E Street Gallery.

Craig Munro and Stewart Bremner

Iteration / Span
Craig Munro and Stewart Bremner

Photographers Craig Munro and Stewart Bremner have known each other for longer than either cares to admit. Coming to photography from different directions, they have met in a middle ground where their individual identities have become blurred. Their work not only reflects how they see the world but seeks to illustrate the physical distance that separates the two of them, as well as the contrasting natures of the cities in which they live (Munro lives in Birmingham, England and Bremner in Edinburgh, Scotland). This will be their first show together.

We are obsessed with photography, with cameras, with making images. We take photos every single day and we have done for many years. We photograph our friends, our families, our loves, our lives. We watch, we record, we think. Photography is both our rock and our burden. In our images, we try to find our place in the world and we seek to maintain a friendship whose beginning seems now shrouded in the mists of the past.

Matthew Depper
Your face here

The last thing I want to be is boring and predictable, even if it's an effective way to survive many situations.Often, I don't know what I'm saying until I see what I've created, then I might have to go back and say it again.If I'm going to be telling the same story over and over, maybe I should try wearing different costumes and changing my voice a little bit each time. Maybe I should try talking like Yoda, or Kermit the frog, or some other small green thing.

Kevin Arnold

Suite 5A
Kevin Arnold

My only duty was to describe reality as it had come to me—and to give the mundane its beautiful due.
John Updike

My paintings carry the weight of domestic disconnect through the unsentimental depiction of generic, mass-produced objects. The unnoticed, utilitarian things that facilitate our day-to-day existence — plain cardboard boxes, metal chairs, folding tables, vinyl office furniture — are presented a deadpan, almost Existential manner in order to question our sense of the familiar and the quality of the attention paid to our surroundings.

To say that we are inundated with an ever-growing amount of visual information is by now a cliché. However, in order to process so much information, we must develop routines to separate the consequential from the non-essential. These self-determined routines are particularly important as we transition from one space to the next and the visual “scan” becomes our tool to navigate through this constant flow of information. By painting the mundane to a certain level of realism, I try to disrupt the viewer’s habits of looking and challenge the almost mechanical process of the scan.

The things pictured in my most recent body of work are ubiquitous and are chosen because they have no intrinsic aesthetic value. These Mass-produced, workaday, seemingly “neutral” objects are designed to be used, folded up, put away, re-used until they wear out or fall apart. They stand, piled, stacked, tucked away in corners, and stored away in closets and stockrooms. Through repeated use, even these generic objects begin to develop a kind of “identity,” displaying subtle clues to specific places or particular methods of employ.

My approach has been to paint the objects at a 1:1 ratio from direct observation. The use of trompe l’oeil and the 1:1 ratio is a means of playing with the familiarity of scale and perspective while creating an intimate, almost surreal encounter for the viewer. In other words, the painting begins to function visually in the same way it functions physically. It begins to act like the thing it is.The installation of my work is a large component in rendering meaning from the images.

Cheri Bohn

Cheri Bohn

I combine tree roots and stained glass to create a unique type of art. Each piece is original as the roots set the pattern of design. My work creates a kind of fantasy world with roots morphing into dragons, butterflies, fish, and birds. I also create abstract pieces and mobiles. I graduated from the University of North Texas and moved to the Ozarks in 1999. I have also attended classes at the University of Arkansas. I have displayed in New York, Las Vegas, and Chicago. My work was also exhibited in Nevada at the burning man. I have also displayed in Denton, Texas and of course Fayetteville.

I want my work to portray a human balance with nature. A concept humanity needs. To help with the awareness that nature offers.

As always there are open studios to tour, work in progress to see, and artists to meet. There will be new work by the talented underground studio artists in the back Vault gallery and the fine crafts you have come to expect in the E Street Gallery.

Once again this is all a part of the cultural amenity that is the visual arts on the First Thursday of every month at the Fayetteville Underground on the Fayetteville Square from 5-8p.m. After the reception be sure to come back and visit the galleries during our regular business hours of W-F 12-7 and Sat 10-5.

Tell your friends and see you there!
The exhibitions will remain up through May 28th.

The Fayetteville Underground
Basement of One East Square Plaza
East side of the Historic Fayetteville Square.
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Gallery Hours W-F 12-7pm
Saturday 10-5pm
4 galleries: Open Studios