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VisArts Exhibition ____Scape 1st Artist Talk: Heidi Fowler, Kim Manfredi, Theo Willis

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Thursday, June 14th, 2012:  VisArts held an artist’s talk in its Kaplan Gallery. The featured artists, Heidi Fowler, Kim Manfredi, and Theo Willis, all have works exhibited in the center’s current exhibition, ___Scape curated by Susan Main. These three artists are of diverse and differing interests, styles, and experiences.

Heidi Fowler:

First of the night to present was Heidi Fowler. Her works utilize found objects such as plastic bottle caps, envelope, and paper parts- environmentally friendly art. The use of color, seen in the materials under the translucent bottle caps, signifies the seasons. By using the bottle caps in a grid and pixel-like plane, Heidi is able to break up the surface into almost paint-stroke like fragments of basic information. Standing back, the viewer is able to see the implied landscape in each work.

No--20122-92-009 postcard copy

No. 122.92.009 by Heidi Fowler. Plastic bottle caps, junk mail, magazines and glue on panel. (48” x 48” x 2”)


Kim Manfredi:
As the artist with the longest practice, Kim has gone through many different experiences and concepts within her work. The pieces featured in the ___Scape show included works simultaneously influenced by the universe such as macrobiology and cells-microbiology. Dripping colored wet enamel onto wet enamel without touching the surface, the drops naturally expanded and took on unique formations as though a cell would naturally form into it’s own shape.


Scatter 1 by Kim Manfredi. (two panels) Enamel on wood. (18” x 24” x 2”)

Theo Willis:

Last but not least was the youngest of the group, a recent BFA graduate from MICA, Theo Willis. With his Thousand Layer Paintings, Theo emphasized not only the material (house paint type) used, but also the process of creating the work. Depending on the paint used, whether satin, flat, semi-gloss, high-gloss, the final outcome would take on a specific and unique shape as each layer of paint dried one on top of another. In Theo’s Yard series, he concentrated on his own “return to painting” by taking the main signifier of painting itself, the canvas. This working with the plain canvas included mutilating the readymade to show it in its most honest form, without actual paint, wooden frames exposed and all.


Yards Series, No. 12, 23, 24 (respectively) by Theo Willis. 15 oz. Cotton duck canvas, PVA adhesive, staples on wood stretcher. (36” x 36”)

This thus concluded another successful exhibition artist talk series. The next will be held June 21st, 2012 featuring exhibition ___Scape artists John Adams and Elena Volkova.


There are more artist talks to come!

Exhibition Artist Talk Series for _____Scape:

Heidi Fowler, Kim Manfredi, and Theo Willis
Thursday, June 14th - 7:00 to 9:00 PM

John Adams and Elena Volkova
Thursday, June 21th - 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Rachel Sitkin, Michael Farrell and Steven Pearson
Thursday, June 28th - 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Lisa Kellner and Sabine Carlson
Thursday, July 26th - 7:00 to 9:00 PM

All “______scape” Exhibition Artist Talks will be held in the Kaplan Gallery (2nd floor).

Free and open to the public.

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