MAIN GALLERY (July 27-August 29)
Shannon Weber works in 3D fiber sculpture. Her organic vessels and assemblages use a mixture of techniques from stitching, cold connections, weaving in multiple layers. Shannon sees every material as an option and is fearless about the collection of those materials. “By applying ancient techniques and transitioning to contemporary designs, I can achieve my desired effects by using a mixture of repetitive layers, weaving, stitching, cold connections, painting, and encaustic. These multiple applications make it very easy to blend metal, wire, coastal debris, rubber, and organic materials of all kinds. Each layer of material, mixed with different techniques, begins to build a structure that gives the objects and vessels their form and opens doors for detailed surface design embellishments. My attraction to working with Fiber is with the options it presents in its ability to shape-shift when using a variety of reclaimed materials and found objects.”
Chi Meredith abstract paintings are developed in layers. She begins a painting by drawing lines and forms with a charcoal pencil directly on the canvas. Next she paints the areas to fill in the design and cover the whole area of the canvas. Then she begins over-painting and scraping the surface, adding texture using lines, dots, and abstract shapes. Meredith uses color to differentiate shapes and areas, and to enhance the image. As she explains “Eventually the surface develops depth, giving glimpses into the previous layers. I am seeking an image that conveys contrast between organic and geometric elements of design. I want the complexity of the painting to draw the viewer in close. My background in math and science related disciplines has influenced the non-objective direction of my artwork.”
FEATURE AREA (July 27-August 27)
Michael Kurz has titled his show “Borders”. He investigates boundaries and markings that divide one space from another. “Within this theme, I am interested in exploring when one thing becomes something else, like how a line on the ground can determine where we can and cannot park and then another line on the ground determines our citizenship.” Kurz explains that his interest in this theme started as a reaction to the border wall proposal in US presidential politics, but he expanded the concept during a flight from Mexico to the US. “I got an aerial view of the land below and I saw this patchwork of farms, residential areas, commercial areas and then I also saw how oceans, rivers, and mountain ranges cut through all of these distinct lines that humans make. It made me want to scrutinize what a border is.” He applies his painterly sense of exploration and improvisation to the work, meandering between abstract and representational painting. A sense of wonder and discovery drive the artist to experiment continuously.