Two contrasting artists will be featured in an exhibition at the Crary Art Gallery beginning early next month.
Adam Cooley “Boroland — A Layered World” and Carol McDonald “Animal Fair – The Transformation of Newspapers” Open Saturday, February 4th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm and runs through March 6th.
The decision to show these two artists together is strategic.
“I found it more interesting to stand out against each other.” said Thomas Puckett, Director of Crary Art Gallery. “And there is something interesting for all visitors. These two exhibitions [Cooley and McDonald] They are high in contrast and contain threads that bind them together. ”
Coolies “Boroland” am “In a cobbled, layered world, the superfluous and the forgotten create the fantastic.” Crary said in a news release: “It’s a window into a reinterpreted world.”
“My latest work consists primarily of tapestries of various sizes created using hand-dyed, hand-printed and painted textiles, historical fabrics, stitched, woven and quilted found items. , transforming a two-dimensional image into a three-dimensional structure.” He said. “Like my work, I am a mismatched collection of cultures and experiences.”
For the past 20 years, Cooley has been traveling between New York and Japan.
“The word boro comes from the Japanese derogatory word ‘boroboro’. ” he explained, ” means something worn or worn. These tapestries demonstrate a unique balance between aesthetics and practicality, the essence of art and sustainability. Natural wear and use enhances the beauty of each piece, and its imperfections make it uniquely perfect. “
The work is juxtaposed with that of McDonald’s from Tionesta.she uses “Mixed Media and Sculpture” To create 3D works of wildlife art, according to Crary.
“The goal of my work is to use shapes, colors and textures to create wildlife with unique characteristics that make the viewer want to see it again.” she said. “To achieve this, we use recycled elements such as coat hangers for strength and shape, as well as Styrofoam packaging, newspapers and telephone directories. Papier-mâché is a versatile, eco-friendly art. My hope is that my art will increase appreciation for wildlife and raise awareness of the need to maintain a healthy environment for all in the future.
“My work has taken many twists and turns since graduating with a degree in fine arts. , otherwise it becomes a conventional work of art.