SCAPE at Baldwin Wallace Fawick Gallery
Eileen Dorsey, the curator for SCAPE (at Baldwin Wallace Fawick Gallery January 20 – February 15, 2015) gathered four artists, along with herself, who are bound by their exploration of material and environs and capitalize different means to express their intentions.
Eileen Dorsey: Landscapes are my vehicle for expressing texture and color, punctuated with aggressive and expressive painting techniques. These works are a new challenge for me as a painter, not only in the texture and color of these paintings, but also in the composition. I place elements in the foreground to create a more dynamic composition. My paintings read more as expressions of a scene rather than an actual place.
Hilary Gent: My current body of work is a series of paintings inspired by the aftermath of natural disasters that affect and change the land. The works represent a progression from painting the subject matter of industrial settings to abstractions of actual events. I use a combination of direct mark making and impressionistic brush strokes to highlight the contrasting elements that exist in one landscape. I often implement found objects into the paint or create assemblages from debris collected from the ruins and sites, connecting my artistic expression to the story of the scape.
Dawn Tekler: This encaustic series is an experimental departure from my conventional photography. Wanting more out of the work, I started investigating the deconstruction of photographs, collage and encaustic wax. I am drawn to the idea of encasing the subject, so it can be studied at a later date. This is a theme that is carried over from my voyeuristic approach to my photography. Through the layering of wax, and adding color and texture, I aim to create an environment which allows viewers to create their own story about the work and also invite them back repeatedly to find different elements not noticed in the original viewing.
Dott Schneider: My process deliberately forces a dance with patience in an effort to control the glacial movement of my medium. I employ non-conventional media to create ethereal topographies from my mind’s eye. I am interested in creating monumental visions that incorporate the same.
Jack St. John: My recent work, from the early 2000’s, explores the push and pull that goes on between representation and abstraction in the picture-making effort. I try to evoke the place or places I have been without resorting to a literal description of that place. Portions of my paintings may have recognizable imagery but these are bedded in a formal, abstract framework that tries to capture the mood or emotion that characterizes the actual experience of that place.
SCAPE: January 20 February 13, 2015
Opening reception 5-8 pm Friday, January 23, 2015
Baldwin Wallace University Fawick Art Gallery
Kleist Center for Art & Drama
95 E. Bagley Road
Monday – Friday 2pm-5pm
or by appointment
photo credit: Christina Sadowski photography