Art exhibitions next month will showcase the advancements of color theory and three-dimensional stoneware clays at Nazareth College.
James Stephen Terrell’s exhibit, titled “Discombobulation: A Collide of Scope,” highlights his paintings that draw from a mix of influences including quilt design, stained glass window techniques and Josef Albers’ color blocking. They move between abstraction and realism, electric color interactions and geometric patterning.
Creating a kaleidoscope of illusions, Terrell’s work tells many a story. His paintings contemplate and document humanity and spirituality in turbulent times.
“In these days and times many are perplexed, muddled, puzzled, confused, confounded, bewildered, befuddled and dizzy with thoughts of anxiety,” Terrell says. “‘A Collide of Scope’ addresses the feelings we all encounter.”
Nazareth graduate Mike Carroll will share his work in stoneware clays that are fired in a traditional kiln. The vessels represent historical, functional vessels studied from different eras in Japan, Korea, China, Europe and pre-industrial revolution United States.
It is the sum of earth, water, wind, and fire that Carroll enjoys in making the vessels, officials say. The raw clay and glazes are impacted by the fire moving through the pots in the kiln for 18 to 20 hours. Wood ash is sifted throughout the kiln and pots to transform the clay and glaze surfaces.
“We are thrilled that these two dynamic and evocative exhibitions will coincide in the Art Center and Colacino galleries and that our students, faculty, and members of the Greater Rochester community will have the chance to engage these artists and to hear James deliver our fall lecture,” says Gallery Director Holland Houdek. “We hope everyone can join us.”
The exhibitions run Oct. 21 through Nov. 20 at the Nazareth Arts Center and Colacino galleries.
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