Searching for the Middle Path
September 6 – October 27, 2016
Inspired by surrealists and magical realist painters, my body of work, Searching for the Middle Path, explores the ideas of balance with regards to cultural perception and identity. Utilizing juxtaposed cultural symbols taken from countries in which I have lived, my work reflects on how the shift from traditional to contemporary lifestyles has influenced our values. This body of work takes into account the opposing views of traditional vs. contemporary approaches, and attempt to find equilibrium, a state of co- existence.
W. R. Horning
Color, Texture & Design
June 29 - August 29, 2016
Retired art educator and CMU and Parsons School of Design alum, Bill Horning thinks of himself as a landscape painter. My landscapes are investigations of the properties of simple geometric shapes and the exploration of textures….I would like the viewer to see my landscapes as catching a moment of stillness between tension and action.
COMPLEX IDENTITY featured paintings and sculpture by Grand Rapids Artist Michael Pfleghaar. Pfleghaar’s expressive and exaggerated style interprets inanimate objects into conscious entities by giving them human characteristics in their movement, shape, and posture. Pfleghaar creates dynamic “visual conversations” among the elements in his work which give the compositions a human essence and worldly energy. His sculpture takes on the same personality as his two-dimensional work through his continued use of color, curves and exaggeration. For more information about Michael Pfleghaar and his work you can visit his website at www.pfleghaar.com.
Remnants: Symbol and Form featured paintings and drawings by West Michigan Artist Art Martin. Martin’s work balances familiar and overlooked objects between highly rendered illusion and flat two-dimensional patterns and forms. The resulting pieces explore the abstract form and symbolic content of the objects, translating them into moments of contemplation, disquiet and transition.
Sari Khoury: Selected Works featured paintings and drawings by the late Sari Khoury, former Central Michigan University Professor of Art, and Department Chair. Sari Khoury’s work embodies qualities of abstract expressionism through is use of line form and color. For more information on Sari Khoury and his work please visit www.khouryart.org