by Steven Doyle
Few art exhibits to see in Fort Worth after the jump…
May 6 – June 25, 2011
Nicholas Wood has always been intrigued by the dimensional, spatially interactive and material nature of sculptural form, yet is also drawn to the frontal, illusionistic pictorial quality which painting’s surfaces yield. Wood’s drawings and collages originally derived from his 3D studio visualizing and planning processes, but they have evolved to become their own series.
Both the 2D and 3D works reflect Wood’s interest in compositions which employ modulation, progression, memory, erasure, and reference. The circular, oval, and elliptical shapes are open enough to pose a variety of interpretations. This variety presents multiple layers and readings, floating in a state that like abstraction itself, esteems ambiguity and discovery.
Laurie Weller and Gary Washmon are husband and wife, both working artists and professors, and their close association is revealed in their artwork.
Laurie Weller sees her work as complex visual puzzles inspired by music and dance. Her works start with a skeletal structure and no preconceived idea of the direction the images will take. She creates boundaries with color and shape, then crosses them; she defines concrete forms that dissolve into atmosphere. They evolve into something quite different from the initial composition.
The textural works of Gary Washmon emphasize the intersection between the random and the intentional. Although paint is used, the works are sculptural in the sense that there is a large amount of sanding, scraping and gouging the surface. There is also an element of intaglio printmaking, as lines are cut, filled, and wiped away. This process imparts a sense of age and history, recording the vestiges and afterimages of layers on layers, changes and erasures as each work is created.
Focus Gallery Exhibitions are presented by the Exhibition Advisory Panel of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The mission of the EAP is to exhibit contemporary art with a focus on regional artists in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.
Reception for both exhibits May 6, 2011 6 – 9PM