The exhibit "Metamorphic" will run from July 11 through Aug. 2 at Converge Gallery, 140 W. Fourth St. The exhibit will be guest curated by Kasey Lyon and include works by Hope Kroll, Matthew Rose, Will Kurtz, Brock Dent, Timothy Allen Miller, Chad Andrews and Ron Lambert. The exhibit will open at 6 p.m. July 11.
Hope Kroll's current body of work can best be described as cut paper collage. As an avid bibliophile, Kroll has largely used as her source material secondhand hardcover books ranging mostly from the early 1900s through the 1950s.
Shown is a piece by Chad Andrews titled “American Spirit with Gold,”?to be shown at the “Metamorphic” exhibit at Converge Gallery.
Shown is a piece by Hope Kroll titled “Gear Heads,” to be shown at the “Metamorphic” exhibit at Converge Gallery.
What she looks for in these books are both the blank pages - which are often used as her canvases - and the images contained therein. The subjects and themes of these images vary widely from antiquated scientific instruments and obsolete machinery to physical deformities and outdated medical and surgical procedures.
Entomological and botanical imagery also plays an important role, as do birds, which play the part of spiritual messengers.
While artist Matthew Rose is known for his collages, he might be better called a multimedia artist.
His work has a conceptual, international component that has translated seamlessly into the digital era. Educated at Brown University, he studied semiotics, linguistics, art, film and writing.
Later, in New York, he wrote about the art scene, principally the East Village, Fluxus, Dada and Mail Art. Rose's exhibitions read as conceptual events where he fills a space floor to ceiling with work that merges literary elements with painting, photography, sculpture and collage. Matthew Rose currently lives and works in Paris, France.
Will Kurtz's work is highly personal and he often uses people he knows as subjects. Kurtz seeks out what makes us individual and unique.
This isn't just visual, but something much deeper than what can be seen on the surface. Kurtz wants his work to show tenderness, vulnerability and humor. Viewers will be able to connect to his subjects on a deeper level because by recognizing their common humanity.
Kurtz was born in Flint, Michigan and received a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1981. He has practiced as a landscape architect until recently.
He began creating art as a self-taught artist at the age of 35. He recently returned to school at the New York Academy of Art and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree. He was selected for a one-year fellowship at the New York Academy of Art, which he is completing at the present time. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Kurtz's work recently was featured in an episode of "Louie" on FX.
Brock Dent is a reluctant nihilist who wants to believe in a purposeful life. "Dead is Dead" is his search for meaning in existence from humanity's origin to inevitable death. In Dent's work he employs found images juxtaposed with expressive drawing, symbolizing the contrast of humanity's biological and metaphysical naturalist presence and etymological experience.
Timothy Allen Miller's assemblages create a charged energy that extends beyond the boxes that contain them. A synapse occurs. The sequestered common objects interact in uncommon ways. Miller credits Jasper Johns, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell as his early influences. While Cornell's work reads as poetic terrariums, Miller's "Clockworkbox" creates a nervous system that projects out of the box and off the wall. Miller's works become walk-around concepts.
Chad Andrews is a contemporary artist whose work is informed by change, transformation and intellectual movement. Andrews routinely works with the processes of printmaking, the techniques of which imply a mental and physical presence that belie his fluid theme of transformation. As a result, a stealth gravitas is implanted in his work. This element places Andrews' body of work in the twenty first-century dialectic.
Ron Lambert uses art making to provide him with an opportunity to explore the sublime through the construction of experiences.
Art can mimic life physically; it can also mimic the experiences of life, adding interjections to remind us of the pace at which we live and how one perceives beauty and the aesthetic of contemporary life.
Lambert desires to explore a sense of constructedness and impermanence in his art, which reminds him of humanity's own impermanence despite the best efforts of science and medicine.
While technology explains away things that were once mysteries, phenomena or even miracles, the sight of such occurrences still inspire awe. The sublime comes from a need to be awed, a need to break routine, a need to feel there is still wonder in the world around us.
As the natural environment shrinks, the sublime recedes into such miniscule events as the concentric rings formed from a drop of water, of the reflection of the sky in a puddle alongside the walkway.
Converge Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. For more information, call 570-435-7080, visit www.convergegallery.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.