Riley, Voisey Show Art At Gallery 5112:00AM / Thursday, July 27, 2006
North Adams - The work of local artists Sean Riley and Ven Voisey will be featured this month as Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' latest exhibition in Gallery 51.
|Artist Ven Voisey during a Gallery 51 2005 exhibit.|
Both of North Adams, Riley and Voisey will present "Upward and/or Through into the Outer-most Reaches of Betwixt and Between."
The public is invited to attend a Main Street Gallery 51 opening reception on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m..
Riley's artwork takes on many forms, including drawings, paintings, prints,and sculpture. His bodies of work have been based on themes such as Noah's Ark, the music of John Coltrane, Shaker gifts, American quilts and snow-crystallography. At Gallery 51, he will display about a half dozen of his paintings and drawings.
"The artwork I make is involved in transcending the simple materials that it is made with," Riley said. "My artwork is often highly detailed and the process of making it is very concentrated and slow-moving. I aim to inspire a sense of awe and I strongly believe that through the honesty and integrity of my mark I can transform the material into something otherworldly and create objects of beauty."
Voisey said that the artwork he created for this show is an "attempt to follow twisting paths and extraordinary junctures in the ordinary
plainness of the moment and the moments to come."
To that end, Voisey used ladders as a metaphor for the sculptures he is created for the exhibit.
"Ladders are a device we use to get from one level to another," he said. "They also tie into spirituality and Jacob's Ladder and follow tangents and paths."
Voisey created about a dozen wall hanging sculptures he described as
"chaotic layers of ladders and counter-weights of sacks filled with seeds and soil." Some are as tall as the exhibition space and were constructed inside Gallery 51. Others appear as an explosion of ladders. Yet another grouping focuses on the use of shadow boxes.
"Upward and/or Through into the Outer-most Reaches of Betwixt and
Between" will be exhibited through Aug. 27.
Gallery 51 is at 51 Main St. in North Adams. It is operated by MCLA to help serve the local arts and downtown community. The gallery features the work of local and international artists, as well as artwork created by the college's students and faculty. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..
For more information, 413-664-8717, or to go www.mcla.edu/Gallery51.