Works of five artists of the African diaspora whose themes explore the relationship of abstract painting and music will be on display at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery on the Plymouth State University campus October 26 – December 10. An opening reception for Rhythmic Brushwork: Agents of Sight and Sound will be held from 4 – 6 p.m. October 26 at the gallery in the Draper & Maynard Building on Main Street in Plymouth.
The work of Tafa (Ghanaian), Stanford Watson (Jamaican), Peter Wayne Lewis (Jamaican-American), Enrico Riley (African American), and Danny Simmons (African American) develops out of the boundaries broken by the integration of African and Western traditions. The exhibition invites viewers into the perceptual experience of abstract painting and improvised music.
These artists share affinities a musical heritage rooted in Africa that has found new forms of expression across the Atlantic basin. Their paintings are an extension of spirit-inducing West African ritual music. The feeling of blues and jazz improvisation, Afro-Caribbean forms like mambo, rumba and reggae, and the ideographic notations of Afro-diasporic cosmology infuse their work.
The exhibition is curated by Dr. Catherine Amidon, director of exhibitions at Plymouth State University, with text by Amidon and Herbie Miller.
Two gallery events complement the exhibition. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, the gallery will host a performance and discussion with jazzman Salem Washington, in conjunction with PSU Student Activities. The next night the gallery will host a discussion with painters Enrico Riley and Danny Simmons at 7 p.m. in Draper & Maynard room 314.
Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed holidays and Sundays. All events are free and open to the public. For gallery information call (603) 535-2614.