Work by Furman University Department of Art faculty will be on display in Thompson Gallery, Roe Art Building, Oct. 7-Nov. 7. Thompson Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A reception with the artists is set for Friday, Nov. 4, 6-8 p.m. in Thompson Gallery.
The exhibition and artist reception are free and open to the public. Faculty members Terri Bright, Michael Brodeur, Robert Chance and Ross McClain will feature their works in the exhibition. Art by adjunct faculty R.G. Brown, Jeremy Cody, Zachary Frazen and Glenn Miller will also be on display.
In a statement about his paintings, Professor Michael Brodeur says:
“I love to collect objects from the underclass of consumer culture. I’ve filled bins with plastic cups, tin bowls, throwaway containers, sidewalk gleanings, Styrofoam, and trashcan discards of model-worthy forms. These objects are functional, unpretentious, and formally clean, therefore influencing their appeal. Painting and drawing them, either singly or in groupings, are partly acts of affection and partly transformative rituals. Their humble origins and devalued status resonate deeply as personal symbols of my working class roots and Catholic-based values. They posit counter-cultural aesthetic alternatives to dominant perceptions of beauty and worth and challenge pretensions about a “classless society.” Depicting them is redemptive. Physically salvaged once through selection, they are metaphorically rescued again in paint and graphite, as I am spiritually renewed through pictorial dialogues with them.”
Terri Bright, who will be showing a collection of photographs in Sonnets, says:
“I create quiet, lyrical narratives from the everyday – inorganic forms disclose life-like characteristics, randomly placed objects seem purposeful, bent frames become graceful. These images are like small meditations, granting permission to pause, and creating space for contemplation. Forgotten items and ordinary spaces possess a kind of wilted beauty that alternately suggest playfulness, tranquility, melancholy and desire.”
Specializing in ceramics, Bob Chance will offer several works in the exhibition, while Ross McClain will present a large graphic design installation.
For more information about the exhibition, contact the Furman University Department of Art, (864) 294-2074.
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