Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Studio Shop 95 Year Exhibition: Jon Wessel

This is the first blog entry of our 95th anniversary exhibition: Time and Place. Artist Jon Wessel created these two small pieces as part of a series. Nine are on exhibit at the Studio Shop.

Statement by Jon Wessel:

These small works (4” x 4” and 5” x 5”) were created for a 2009 exhibit entitled “Road Trip” and continue my interest in using acrylic, graphite, and found paper on panel.

I used maps and old postcards for this work. I was interested in time and place captured by these vintage images. There is something nostalgic and comforting about them. They remind us of adventure and good times; They ground us in the past. By sanding and marking these images, I also introduce an element of time passing - images are worn away, covered up, or faded.

Far from being pessimistic about the passing of time, this work reminds us of the beauty in the history of place.

More about Jon Wessel.
More about the exhibition Time and Place.

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