2013 STUDENT SHOW
April 18 through June, 2013.
This year’s exhibition of paintings, drawings and designs presents a wide range of approaches to visual expression. Included in the works on view are three pieces by Merrimack students who have since graduated. Their artworks are part of the growing College Collection of Student Art. A few pieces from students in the 2013 show will be chosen to add to the Collection.
John Bonner — Look Stranger:
paintings and drawings
February 23 - April 8, 2013
Reception: Sunday, March 3, 2-4pm
Artist talk: Wednesday, March 6, 11:00 - 11:50, McCoy Gallery.
John Bonner exemplifies the descriptive artist with a poetic mission. His landscapes of familiar neighborhoods are elevations of the ordinary —documents of light and architecture that reconvene our attentive vision. His paintings celebrate places as both fictions and facts. They are fictions of single moments, lit in fleeting light under altering skies. His houses are solid things that also tilt as they are fixed as images seen while passing by. They are the facts of their inflected histories. Lobster traps hang from a shed as bright icons of hard labor.
Bonner’s city scenes present figures crossing streets, figures in shops — static or dynamic figures, encountered with their hinted histories, passing, entering, leaving. Bonner’s stories of space and persons emerge as engagements with his medium. Whatever ‘happens’ in his paintings begins as gestures of the loaded brush, marks that conjoin to recall what he urges us to see.
Robert Morgan: Very Large Watercolors
September 4 - October 9, 2012
Reception: Sunday, September 9, 2-4pm
Robert Morgan’s large watercolors have the ambition of monumental painting while retaining the delicate precision of the watercolor medium. Morgan’s paintings are developed using painting and collage that set up pairs of images that are disquieting and oppositional.
Thinking and idea construction are aspects that are given visibility, weight and objective insistence. Colorful and somewhat astounding these are images that insist on reaction without spelling out just what that should be.
Duane Paluska: Sculpture and Paintings
October 13 - November 16, 2012
Reception, Sunday, October 21, 2-4pm
Duane Paluska has worked steadily on a program of sculpture and painting that evolved from his experience as a furniture designer and maker. His concerns for the physical character of objects is directly linked to his sense of the craft of joining the elements that exist as ‘parts’ of things and as signals for our visual comprehension. Epitomizing the importance of relationships that lead to wholes, Paluska’s work establishes a basis for understanding objects in terms of our own physicality. His sculptures and his paintings suggest posture and position in a body sense. They lean, rest and depend on the floor or ground much the way we do, yet they are not us.
Minimal and spare, the forms that Paluska develops achieve an ideational status that compresses ‘body’ to an essential structure within a moment of being.
Arthur DiMambro & Alan Rushing
The Circus Project: Collaborative Paintings
November 19-December 20, 2012
Reception: Sunday, December 2, 2-4pm
For their collaborative paintings that make up the Circus Project Arthur DiMambro and Alan Rushing created a pageant of images that are as much about the spectacular moments as about memories. For most of us the circus is that occasional convoy of trucks that gathers at the edge of town and within a few hours becomes a collection of tents and stages formed into a new contraption of a town center of exotic amazements.
Jenny Chava Hudson:
January 22-February 19, 2013
Reception: Sunday, January 27, 2-4pm
Jenny Hudson’s digital prints present color in translucent layers that swirl and curve with a fluidity that suggests the sea and sand dunes in overlapping patterns of sometimes bright, sometimes muted hues. Other works more abstractly carry their liquid feel through less nameable environments that evoke the weather and tension of an on-going creation. Primal and elemental, her imagery is achieved through digital experimentation and a serious playfulness of artistic practice that discovers as much as designs its results.