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Gallery exhibitions highlight work of WFU Art Department, L.A. Gallerist

December 18, 2008

On Jan. 20, Wake Forest University’s Charlotte & Philip Hanes Art Gallery will open the spring semester with two exhibitions:  the “WFU Art Department Exhibition” and “LA Woman: A Gallerist’s Eye.”  The opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

The “WFU Art Department Exhibition,” which will run through March 22, is a multimedia exhibition featuring the work of 13 Wake Forest art department faculty or staff members.  The 40 pieces in the exhibit will represent a variety of media ranging from oil paintings, encaustic paintings, collages (both paper and sound), mixed-media installations, sculpture, digital images/prints, drawings (traditional graphite, powdered pigment and digital), furniture and intaglio printmaking/installation (metal plate etching). 

Alix Hitchcock, instructor of drawing, will show two of her recent encaustic paintings titled “Nature’s Share” and “Crow Soul.”  Encaustic painting is an ancient Egyptian medium in which beeswax is melted, pigment is added and then layers of wax are applied and fused to a firm surface using both painting and sculpting techniques.  Hitchcock began studying the medium in 2006 at Penland School of Crafts through a grant from Wake Forest’s William C. Archie Fund for Faculty Excellence.    

The exhibition will feature oil paintings, including “Running Black Woman,” from Page Laughlin’s new interior series.  Laughlin, a professor of art and department chair, gleans her inspiration from home magazines and paints “room portraits” unconventionally on mylar backed by aluminum panels.  Some of her earlier work is part of the permanent collection at the North Carolina Museum of Art. 

The installation will also feature collages like “via Cavour II” by Paul Bright, assistant director of the Hanes Gallery.  Using trash and found items, Bright creates what he describes as new order through artistic re-compositions of the fragments of human existence.  He does this through several different media including glued and laminated papers, video and sound.  His work has been exhibited in Gothic churches and Renaissance fortresses in Italy.

“LA Woman: A Gallerist’s Eye,” an exhibition featuring the work of artists represented by Wake Forest graduate and Los Angeles gallerist Mary Leigh Cherry, will run through March 6 in the Mezzanine Gallery. 

In her North Carolina debut and alma mater “homecoming,” Mary Leigh Cherry, co-founder of Cherry and Martin, will spotlight six artists from her gallery’s roster of signature artists:  Brian Bress (video); Nathan Mabry (sculpture and photography); Ruby Osorio (drawing and lithography); Antonio Adriano Puleo (painting); Amanda Ross-Ho (mixed media/installation); and Augusta Wood (photography).  She will present a lecture about the exhibit from noon  - 1 pm. Feb. 11 in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room A9.

According to Victor Faccinto, director of the Hanes Gallery, both the exhibition and lecture will present a cross-section of Cherry’s roster and reveal her aesthetic eye, connoisseurship and art market strategies.

Cherry and Martin, created by Cherry and her partner Philip Martin, is considered by critics to be one of the top-tier art galleries in Los Angeles and one that is on the cutting edge of global contemporary art.  Since 2006, their artists have been included in prestigious institutional exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Hammer Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis as well as at international art fairs in Basel, London, Berlin and Turin.  

Admission to the gallery is free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  For information, call (336) 758-5585.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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