SURROUNDINGS - Aaron Coleman, Patricia Carr Morgan, Ray W. Parish, Michael Stack
Sept. 5-Oct. 6, 2017
Reception: Sept. 7, 5-7 p.m.
Artist lecture: Sept. 21, 6 p.m. (Recital Hall)
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery
The gallery and its programs are free and open to the public. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and before select performing arts performances.
Under the direction of David Andres. Additional images by the artists are on display at the Tucson International Airport gallery Sept. 1 - Oct. 26. Call David Andres, gallery director, 520-206-6942, for information.
Bernal Gallery director David Andres explains the title of the exhibit, “Surroundings is an environmental term used for bringing external conditions together. The four artists in this exhibit use circumstances from our environment that affect the existence of form. Included in SURROUNDINGS are photographs of icebergs shot near both poles, sculptures based on whales, prints and paintings referencing the spray and texture of water, and abstractions that reflect change and a new beginning in one’s pursuit in art.”
Coleman’s work found its origin in current events concerning the sociopolitical issues of discrimination, civil rights and the misuse of mainstream religion. More recently it has evolved into a blanket description of the apocalyptic world in which we live. He layers imagery from many different eras in history with color, pattern and texture to present an idea of where we’ve come from and where we might be headed. Coleman is assistant professor of 2-D at the UA.
Carr Morgan’s work, Ice: A Fragile Force, uses photographs taken in Greenland and the Antarctic that she degrades with coal to express her concern for the survival and the elegant beauty of the area. Her work is exhibited across the country.
Parish’s abstract sculptures are based on his first experience seeing a whale at close range. He uses metal, wood and found objects to create beautiful textures that enhance the illusion of the form. Parish is a professor emeritus at the University of Texas at El Paso. His work can be found in exhibits throughout the U.S.
Stack’s Ink Forms consist of layered, twisted lines of ink with specks of paper showing through. A resonant but unspecific form emerges from the background visually challenging the perception. He is a member of the visual arts faculty at Pima Community College
Images (clockwise from left):
W. Ray Parrish - Humpback Rolo, painted steel 50”x13’x1’
Michael Stack - Ink Form 70, ink on paper 22”x30”
Aaron Coleman - Peaceless Sea, mixed media on panel 22”x30”
Patricia Carr Morgan - Greenland untitled 1, sanded photograph, coal, carbon pigment, acrylic 24”x31.5”