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WFU Art Gallery season opens with 'Selections from Luise Ross Gallery'

August 17, 2007

Wake Forest University’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery will open its 2007-2008 season with “Selections from Luise Ross Gallery, NYC,” an exhibition of paintings, sewn drawings and works on paper by John Dilg, China Marks and T. L. Solien, Aug. 29. 

"Compulsive Complexity: Works on Paper” by self-taught artist Thomas Burleson will also be featured in the mezzanine gallery.  Both exhibits will run through Oct. 11.

"Three artists, three ways of seeing:  each way peculiar to each artist” is how curator Luise Ross describes the “Selections” exhibit.  Although the work of each artist is dramatically different from the others, according to Ross, each artist successfully illuminates his or her world, engages the eye and wins the empathy of the viewer.

Dilg’s collection of paintings, titled “Unnatural Sources,” encourage contemplation and quietude.  By using muted and calm pastels, the artist presents unnatural accounts of natural events, places, persons and experiences in his work.   

Marks uses an industrial sewing machine as her paintbrush and scraps of commercially made fabric as her palette to create her “sewn drawings.”  In “War Dandy,” she uses her craftsmanship and the juxtaposition of colors, patterns, textures and forms to create perplexing scenes of unknown and surreal characters. 

In his work, Solien mixes compelling symbols made from brightly-colored paper cut-outs with eerie backgrounds.  He incorporates symbolism from parables and personal hang-ups and hauntings from his own life. 

In the mezzanine gallery, “Compulsive Complexity” is Burleson’s presentation of color and random intricate forms in an effort to create order out of confusion and calm his solitary struggle against his personal demons.  His drawings reflect his traumatic memories from below deck on a minesweeper during World War II, his mechanistic perception of the human body and whimsical portrayals of his dog and chickens.  

In conjunction with the exhibit, Luise Ross will give a free public lecture at noon Sept. 18 in Room 102 of Scales Fine Arts Center. 

The exhibits and the lecture are free and open to the public.  Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

For more information, call (336) 758-5585.

Press Contacts:

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(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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