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.
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.
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.
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.
Gallery Hours W-F 12-7pm
4 galleries: Open Studios