Parks Exhibition Center of Idyllwild Arts; Faculty Show

September 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm Leave a comment

Today’s blog is from Parks Exhibition Center Manager Mallory Cremin…

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Currently on display until October 8th at the Parks Gallery is the 2010
Visual Art Faculty Show.  The wide variety of materials and subject matter
makes this show one not to miss.  On display is new artwork by the current
Visual Art Faculty including Rob Rutherford, Eric Metzler, David Reid-Marr, Paul Waddell, Melissa Wilson, Mallory Cremin, Terry Rothrock, Gerald Clarke, Steve Hudson, Youree Jin, and Erich Bollmann.

Entering the gallery, this first work on the left are three delicate wall
sculptures by Eric Metzler.  They are poetic combinations of vulnerable
organic elements like eggshells and flower petals, with industrial waste, a
shredded tire part, or wire numbers.  Eric’s aesthetic for line and balance
in 3-D work ties in with the visual quality also evident in his photographic

The next piece is “Shoe Emporium” by Rob Rutherford, which looks like a shoe
graveyard, with the miscellaneous toes and heels pointing out like
tombstones.  The base is a shelf with stripes of candy colors, into which the shoes disappear.  The surreal effect is a comical cross of shoe store and chainsaw massacre. Rob’s humorous work continues in the other two pieces on display.  “Arch” looks like a column of books, which are falling, starting with larger books at its base, continuing with the ten-foot tall stack curving toward the wall to meet a basketball.  Are the books pressing the basketball against the wall? Was the effort a slam-dunk? The third piece by Rob Rutherford is “Northern Hemisphere”, where the southern half of a globe is full of dirt, out of which is growing live grass.  The grow light suspended above suggests global warming, but the artist talks about how all our lawn seeds are imported from the southern hemisphere.

In the center of the gallery is a large figure of a boar, muscular, moving, with large tusks protruding by its snout like horns, covered with black
thistle seeds.  The beast by David Reid-Marr, has six glowing bulbs for teats under the dormant dark mass of seed. The effect is a fantastic contrast of light and dark, large and small.

Another compelling piece by David Reid-Marr is “Jacob Wrestling the Angel”.  The convoluted forms are jailed in the inviting strands of a monofilament shower.

A new series of hand-thrown ceramics by Terry Rothrock show his exquisite craftsmanship, and his interest  in formal references, first to the shapes of human heads in “Profiles of Tibet”,  secondly in sea creatures, with “the squid and the octopus”.

In the center of the gallery a ridge of sand rises from the floor and supports a series of photos on tiles by Melissa Wilson. The images show her daughter, in the early cycles of life.

The show includes a monumental new painting of a storm cloud over mountains by Steve Hudson. The title “All Our Fallen Have Fallen in Rain” is inspired by many loved ones who have passed on recently, specifically Michael Kabotie and the Hopi traditional belief that spirits of our dead come back as rain to nourish the earth.

There are two large expressive paintings by Paul Waddell, “Things Fall Apart, Twice or More”.  The works pair mundane objects like a laundry basket or bedside table, with organic abstract elements, which seem to threaten the health of the subject. Three small drawings by Erich Bollman reveal an economy of line but not expression.

A new teacher, and alumna, Youree Jin has two works which show her interest in the careful balance of things.

Two new photographs by Mallory Cremin show a large melting mass of water the shape of Greenland, enticing the viewer with beautiful light refractions and juxtapositions of textures.  Finally, the show concludes with two potent modern digital photo ‘Glyphs’ on canvas by Gerald Clark, continuing his
playful theme of juxtaposing historically Native American forms with modern culture.

Entry filed under: parks, special events, Visual Art.

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