Fluent Form - Solo Exhibition, The Gibbes Museum of Art

I am pleased to share a preview of my upcoming solo exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. 

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Blue Orchid, 48 x 72 inches, water based mixed media on canvas  

 

 

Material Studies, 12 x 12 inches each, sand and acrylic on panel 

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The title of the exhibition – Fluent Form – refers to the practice of exploring opposing concepts such as density, fragility, continuity, and impermanence within the same material. As one progression leads to the next, I study the medium without premeditation, remaining sensitive to nuances within the process.

 

A Wind Within, 48 x 48 inches, sand and acrylic on canvas

 

 

 

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Natural elements such as dry pigments and sand are introduced in these paintings. Sand is a physical object, yet its existence is a representation of the passage of time. It is the result of rock erosion and it is a material that continually assembles into new patterns. In the Buddhist tradition, sand is used to convey beauty and ephemerality through the construction and subsequent destruction of mandalas. Using these themes as anchors of inspiration, the works evoke impressions of dunes, flora, and natural phenomena while departing from a faithful rendering of reality. 

 

Garden III, 36 x 48 inches, sand and acrylic on canvas

 

 

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Splendor, 40 x 40 inches, water based mixed media and graphite on canvas


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New sculptural works make a debut appearance in this exhibition. The sculptures are made with sand and dry pigments. The sand is mixed with various binders until the material reaches a consistency similar to clay. The approach to building three-dimensional forms is similar to my manner of painting. I embark on the process with a buoyant idea of an outcome while allowing the material’s unique challenges to dictate aspects of the composition. 

 

 

Exhibition Details:

The Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting St. Charleston, SC. 29401

February 4th - March 20th, 2022 

Artist Talk: March 19th, 3:00 P.M.



Film: The Visiting Artist Series is produced by the Gibbes Museum of Art and directed by Gavin Shelton.