Michelle Firment Reid and Virginia T Coleman

Date: 
Friday, June 7, 2013 - 6:00pm to Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 9:00pm

These Thoughts, They Travel – by Michelle Firment Reid

Installation Exhibit Opening First Friday, June 7, 6:00-9:00pm

Continues through June 27, 2013 with a Closing Party hosted by Michelle featuring the band, Base Camp at the Moon. 6-9 p.m. no charge.

Myers North Gallery

Artist Statement

In recent years my paintings continue to push forward with nondescript lyrical handwriting scribbled along the surface and scratched between layers of paint, keeping up with my fascination of memory and the fate of thoughts. With this installation, “These Thoughts, They Travel,” it is my desire to show the relationship between the natural world, artist, art and gallery and the transformation of elements from one state to another in a visual poetic resonance, evoking a sense of wonderment and connection of thought from nature, to man, to art.

Unlike the printed or spoken word, thoughts have a place of their own kept within each of us.  Where do thoughts come from? Where do thoughts go? Perhaps some take flight, wrapping themselves into a flock of inky sky-washed birds pushing through space and time, building a nest of words only for us to know.

Short Bio

Michelle Firment Reid (American, b. 1968) spent a traveled childhood living in the Philippines, Bucharest, and Paris while very much influenced by the art and culture around her. Her later years were spent in a suburb of Washington D.C. where she received a BFA (1991) from The Corcoran College of Art and Design, her summers working in the Central Intelligence Agency’s Graphic & Disguise Department. Upon graduation she worked with Washington, D.C. sculptor Joan Danziger while navigating her way through her own paintings and writing. Residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Reid enjoys a studio in the Blue Dome District, creating full time. Her work is represented by M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa and collected nationwide.

The Lines Of A Woman

An Exhibit of Drawing and Sculpture by Virginia T Coleman

June 7 – June 27, 2013

Myers South Gallery

 

 

Everything in life can be distilled down to its critical lines. From the simplest notion of using lines to explore pictorial space, to the more conceptual trajectory of lineage. The line is a powerful subject. 

This body of work is my exploration of the human form using simple lines to express the ephemeral side of the figure. Drawing from models, I adumbrated the figure in two fashions; one using a stick and ink and the other by using ink and adding color nuances. 

After drawing the basic form I take these simple images back into the third dimension, thus allowing me to further the lineage of thought from its original conception. The challenge is to create sculptures that exist in space, not static objects within space. As viewers move around the sculptures the lines undulate and create life and breadth to their experience. The metal capturing its surrounding, illuminating light, life and color. 

Metal has become the main tool to express my visual vocabulary. Metal is very seductive for a multitude of reasons. Its pure structural strength, its fragility to bend, its ability to capture time in its inherent chemistry, its reflective nature and its ease of joining via the lucid quality of a weld. A weld being a line in itself. One which starts off as a liquid molten substance that morphs into a solid form. 

The Lines of a Woman is about the figure and metaphorically about myself. How the trajectory of my life line has pushed me to constantly challenge the work, to find my unique voice. 

SHORT BIO

Virginia formerly lived in Tulsa, OK and currently resides in Denver, Co her formal education includes, environmental design, architecture , fine arts -figurative painting and welding.  About her work Virginia state, "My artwork is an amalgamation of my multi faceted background. I adumbrate drawings like an architect, dapple color with a painter’s eye, capture compositions with the photographer’s quick lens, and weld forms together with a sculptor’s touch. I have traveled and moved across the country and world formally studying architecture, fine arts and welding. I have been searching for my identity, my voice. What I have discovered along my journey is that all these trajectories have become the bases for my unique vision. Art to me is about the journey of discover, having faith in your ideas and the unwavering passion to follow your heart. This journey is still just in its beginning."