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Current Exhibits

September 6 – November 29
Reception: Thursday, September 6 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Always FREE and open to the public. 

Ryan Crotty

 
Artist Statement:

I use unconventional painting techniques to create all-over compositions of color that seem to spread out beyond the edges of the canvas. The resulting process-intensive paintings are an investigation of formal relationships. They are non-representational and forgo all suggestion of figuration. By applying layers of acrylic modeling pastes and translucent paint, I generate aberrations in color and surface that reveal evidence of the painting as a physical object. The canvas acts as a support for pigment and binding medium that allows color and light to coalesce. Primary colors blend together to create secondary and tertiary minimalist color field paintings. The luminous surfaces have a tendency to be reflective and glow with meditative calm. By exploiting the emotive powers of color, I seek a pathway to serenity and reflection in these tumultuous times.

Artist Bio:

Ryan Crotty (b. 1977, Auburn, NE) is a visual artist and abstract painter based in rural Nebraska. He creates non-representational color field paintings rooted in the process intensive traditions of printmaking. Highlighting visual evidence of the canvas support structure, surface imperfections and materiality, he uses translucent paint to generate an interplay of light and color that challenges visual interpretation of a two-dimensional surface. Crotty earned his BFA in painting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his MFA in painting from Syracuse University. He has exhibited work in Nebraska, as well as New York, Washington DC, Chicago and Berlin. Central to his practice is time and experimentation in his studio in Auburn, NE where he resides with his family.

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Morgan Bentley

 

Artist Statement:

I have always considered myself an artist. Painting and drawing have always been my strong points. During my junior year at Wayne State I fell in love with the process of collaging. It was hard at first to leave my painterly ways, so I tried to marry the two techniques. My larger pieces in this exhibit, “Mushroom Hunting” and “Hellas” are examples of that. As I grew more into my technique as a collage artist, I started straying away from the paints and pieces like “Dissociative” and “Rituals” began to emerge. My collages started getting more intricate so my pieces have gotten smaller. I consider each of my works to be a puzzle, being very cautious of what goes where. Spending hours zoning out and flipping through magazines and tediously cutting out each piece is so soothing to me. My work all consists of found material meaning I have not scanned, printed, or duplicated any of my images. No feeling is more rewarding than finding that one last piece to perfectly finish off my puzzle. I titled my exhibit “Mixed Emotions” because it’s like a mixture, an evolution of my style. I have my mixed media paintings that I began my journey with, my strictly collaged pieces, and currently I am experimenting again with minimal painted and drawn details.

Artist Bio:

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Morgan Bentley is a graduate of Wayne State College where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in studio art in December of 2016.  Upon graduating she has traveled to numerous places including several countries throughout South America, and to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where she currently resides.  She has worked several odd jobs to pay the bills, while always making time to experiment and grow as an artist.  She’s inspired mostly by her travels, nature, animals, and vintage imagery and advertisements.  She has participated in several shows and gallery exhibits, making herself well known in her new community of incredible artists. 

 

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