Brad McLemore, Reed Clarke & Ralph Davis

April 26-May 29
Reception Thursday, April 26, 6-9 pm
Artist Talk: May 19th @2 pm

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Brad McLemore "Bear Up" ceramic

Brad McLemore “Bear Up” ceramic

Brad McLemore’s ceramic works are made of stoneware and porcelain clays imbued with ash and atmospheric deposit—a record of the several days-long firing in wood-fueled kilns. A trust in formal strategies guides his choices in the composition of these pieces—activating interest or rhythm in a form through repetition and variation of elements; the tactile quality of surfaces.”In this work, I offer a fiction of hand-hewn conviction and archaic engineering—perhaps a fragment of a greater, discarded system—a relic of industry and discovery. The object is organized to implicate utilitarian reasoning, yet a certain awkwardness of form offers ambiguity of purpose, at best. Vaguely familiar structures provide some clue to the reasoning within, yet coarse materials and an aging firing process erode our certainty.”

 

 

 

 

 

Reed Clarke "I Can Help" oil

Reed Clarke “I Can Help” oil

Reed Clarke is a oil painter who concentrates on faces and figures. “The question of what it means to be human haunts me and forces its way into my work. On the one hand, I want to portray people in order to show their unique presence, but also to somehow allude to the underlying mystery of what it means to be human. The idea of having a human subject and the discipline that imposes on the composition of a work is something I value. Once a painting is begun I’m soon lost in the actual process of the interplay of color, line, volume, value and other visual challenges that must be dealt with before the finished painting begins to emerge. In the end, I hope for a balance between the subject of the painting and actual quality of the paint on the canvas. I hope to create in the viewer a desire to continue to experience the painting over time, as with someone who he or she feels they would like to know better.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ralph Davis "Pleiades" acrylic

Ralph Davis “Pleiades” acrylic

Ralph Davis is a painter who is interested in the combination of the hard-edged otherworldly formality of the geometric figure with the less formal organic soft-edges of the natural world. Ralph explains “This tension between the soft form and the hard edge or the natural and the formal may be extended to a similar tension between the finite and the infinite, or, in Plato’s terms, the earthly realm of coming to be and passing away, and the eternal, unchanging realm of Forms. These geometric constructions often convey to me a sense of discovery, of being in the presence of something significant, or on the threshold of a complex realm of things not well understood. My intention has been to avoid cognitive contrivance and the domination of linear thinking and to elicit more complex responses on both a conscious and unconscious level.”