Art Show on Campus: “So, Shall We (have) Dis/Stance?” at the Anne Rudd Galyon Gallery

March 30, 2021 4:23 pm
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“So, Shall We (have) Dis/Stance?”

March 15 – April 15, 2021

A “cumulative”, on-going show, with artists adding weekly to the works. All art is on paper or card-stock, or plastic, no larger than 4” x 6”, made on site, including by visitors using materials left for them to engage.

The theme is how the pandemic and our need to stay apart enough has caused both difficult challenges, and painful losses, as well as potential new ways of communicating and expressing our art and our lives. The works are mostly shown attached to a stretched, continual skein of yarn, which is fragile and precariously balanced.


Several professional artists answered the call:

Maryse Lörtscher was born in the then-French colony Algieria. She has been living overseas since she joined the French Voluntaries du Progres in 1972 and went to Niger. She has lived in Mali, Haiti, Oman, Senegal, Indonesia, Egypt, China as well as in many states in the US, including Alaska. She is now in Venice, Florida.

She earned a BFA in printmaking and an MFA in drawing and painting (UNC-Greensboro), and has been exhibiting since the early 1980s. Her works are in private as well as public collections.  She works across media, lately producing mixed media collage and assemblage. For this show, the common threads she used are orange crystal paper and Joss papers (known also as Chinese praying papers). Her website sells similar works as well as one-of-a-kind art-cards and envelopes.

https://www.maryselortscher.com/ or https://www.instagram.com/mloarttoo/

Mark Brown returns to the Galyon space after having a one-man show with us a few years ago. He teaches at High Point University and works mostly as a sculptor and printmaker. His works rummage through his accretions of coffee cups and mounting evidence of late nights blurring into next days, as the pandemic plays with our sense of time and desire for tidy answers (now extenuated and laughably absent).

Scott Raynor also teaches at High Point University. He is known for his “magic realist” paintings. Here, he indulges in a dueling match with Mark Brown’s squalor, using an incisive mark with (what else?) markers, while taking a very Zen attitude to the whole trashy world of detritus and lapsed creation, to create his humorous take.

Kirsten Kuhn has been attracted to creating art for as long as she can remember. Whether it was drawing poorly constructed portraits of her loved ones when Kirsten was a child, barely able to hold a crayon or when she started finding intrigue in other genres. Eventually those interests led her to Greensboro College where she obtained her Baccalaureate in Fine Arts. Kirsten enjoys creating art because of the emotional bond an artist forms with themselves, the piece, and the viewer. Her inspirations for her artwork come from a variety of origins such as nature, literature, human anatomy, life and death.

Website: https://kikucustomcreations.wixsite.com/artist

Jim Langer, Director of the Galleries at GC, and Professor of Art, saw Mark Brown’s work on black cardstock and answered with some pastel and colored pencil works,

Kelly O’Gara, a US veteran, presents two photorealist portraits, one of herself and the other her child. They add a sense of mystery and delight to the line.

Several art majors and minors have participated so far: Jonathan Abney, Elizabeth Hawkins, Sasha Cline, Jakym Clark, Jordan Deaton, Christopher Pierce, Destinee Allen, and Angelica Vejar.

All who come to Cowan to view the show are welcome to add their own works, though please allow Prof. Langer or a designated GC person to attach them.

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This post was written by Tom Saitta

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