ARTIST RECEPTION “Strangeness, Tone, Translucency” at McClain Gallery

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ARTIST RECEPTION “Strangeness, Tone, Translucency” at McClain Gallery

May 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


ARTIST RECEPTION: On Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, meet five of the 11 artists whose works are on view at the McClain Gallery: Nathaniel Donnett, Jodi Hays, Delita Martin and Salle Werner Vaughn with Carl E. Hazlewood (via Zoom).

EXHIBIT ON VIEW APRIL 20 – JUNE 22, 2024: McClain Gallery presents “Strangeness, Tone, Translucency,” a wander through collage today and its history through the works of 11 artists: Radcliffe Bailey, Nathaniel Donnett, Jodi Hays, Carl E. Hazlewood, Dorothy Hood, Delita Martin, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, Salle Werner Vaughn, and Nari Ward.

Collage, an additive medium by definition, consistently produces mystery. The technique allows artists to investigate layering, concealing, masking, and covering: all acts which have the potential to reveal histories and ideas often hidden from view. The superposing of disparate elements levels their original separation, sparking connections and a certain metaphysical space.

Built around the magical yet formally rigorous collage work of artist Dorothy Hood, the works in this show use opacity, texture, rhythm, and see-through veils to shake the ground on which the viewer stands – surrealist vistas seep, and the irresistible urge to hear, touch, and look take over.

This exhibition takes its title from a blurb, written by Wayne Koestenbaum, on Meret Oppenheim’s recently published book of poetry “The Loveliest Vowel Empties.”

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