PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Art by four featured faculty artists opens the 2009 exhibition season at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery at Plymouth State University.
Department of Art faculty Jong Kim, Phil Lonergan, Annette Mitchell and Nick Sevigney will exhibit handmade bound books, sculpture, foam plate prints and art quilts, and ceramic vessels, respectively. Kim, Lonergan and Mitchell are exhibiting works produced during recent sabbatical leaves; Sevigney, who is new to the faculty this year, will have an opportunity to show his work alongside his new colleagues.
Kim creates handmade bound books and works with students to help them demonstrate and promote themselves online through digital media.
“Ironically, I feel I lose my identity via this effective digital presentation method. How come? … What if we lose our power supply? No computers, no digital documents, and no Web sites. Then do I lose my identity? This wonderful fast-moving digital era is missing one very important thing. Humanity,” he said.
Lonergan, a sculptor, said his pieces reflect his technical training and often include fine carving, detailed metal and wood work, and large, functional-looking components that resemble tools, vehicles and household objects.
“My works dissolve the line between the literal and the figurative, and use precise craftsmanship merged with multiple layers of meaning to blur the division between the real world and the interpretive world of art,” he said.
Mitchell is known for creative innovations in the areas of printmaking and art quilting.
She said, “Most recently I have taken excerpts from my art quilts and translated them into unique foam block prints. By selectively focusing on segments of the quilt, the images become more nonobjective, and I enjoy the challenge of creating plates to recreate surfaces seen in the quilts.
Consequently, the new work has become a visual conversation between my quilts and block prints. In some images, I maintained the illusion of French knots and stitches that are part of the rich surface of the cloth version.”
Sevigny, who coordinates the ceramics program at PSU, combines the forms and textures from deep sea life, the anatomy of specific species of insects and flowers, science fiction movies and the trompe l’oiel aspect of Yixing tea ware in his works. Discarded coffee cup lids, exhaust vents and distressed and dilapidated metal add textures to break through the surfaces of his work.
“I find these loaded images speak of the daily wear on manmade ‘disposable’ products that remain in the environment for centuries,” he said. “I want the work to encourage the viewer to explore and question the potential function of each piece. The combination of all these elements adds timelessness to the work, leaving the viewer wondering if it is from the future or the past.”
A reception with the artists will be held at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4.
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Jong Kim, prototypes of long stitch binding. Top Left
Phil Lonergan, The Master Misses the Memo, wood and metal sculpture. Top Right
Annette Mitchell, Tryptych (detail), foam plate print. Lower Left
Nick Sevigney, Divination Devices with Cistern, stoneware. Lower Right