July 20, 2018 - 5:00 pm
Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis is pleased to present new work by Brian Smith and special guest ceramic artist, Jeremy R. Brooks.
Brian Smith – “The act of painting is a vital experience. I see my art as a record of the subconscious and the painting process. The result is an interaction of imagined forms and spaces. Each work is intuitively developed through a personal method and logic. The reactions I have to the natural world and to the art that inspires me inform their meaning.” Bold shapes of color and texture interact with pattern and collage to form the likeness of places found in the natural world. The dynamic play of space welcomes the viewer into scenes that are open to interpretation in this new solo exhibition.
Jeremy R. Brooks – “For the past five years a portion of my research has fixated around a unique blend of clay materials that possess qualities of elasticity rather than qualities of plasticity…to put it plainly, it behaves more like rubber than clay, and sets up very quickly once the components are measured and mixed. Within this short working window, I extrude it into long coils or roll it into paper thin slabs…A coil made of this clay can easily be tied into a tight knot. This method may be used to join different pieces together, or the clay can be crocheted, knitted, or woven into more dynamic forms.”
Duane Reed Gallery 4729 McPherson Ave.