The Patricia O’Keefe Ross Gallery at St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Ave., Rochester, will host a new art exhibition May 7 to June 1.
The exhibition, “Artifaks of the Artist’s Imagination,” will feature works from five different artists.
One artist, Lee Hoag visualizes something special for the industrial objects he finds.
“I unearth thoughts that have incubated in my mind over decades,” said Hoag.
Acting on these thoughts, he creates sculptural monuments of contemporary realism. His sculptures, including “Dead Ringer,” engage the viewer by their whimsical humor.
Constance Mauro has a different creative process. Nothing she sees is literally translated.
“I simply make a mark or look at something I previously photo-documented…either source speaks to me as I continually alter my painting’s development,” said Mauro.
In one abstract painting, “Cliffs,” from her encaustic landscape series, the viewer can sense how photos and memories of verdant land, water and stone surfaces are brought to a harmonious fulfillment.
Al Pardi’s art resonates beyond its architectural materials.
“I become aware of how I can give these raw materials interesting relationships and an essence of art. Then I experiment until I have a complete and balanced form,” said Pardi.
When satisfied, he sketches that form or creates a model, the plan for his cutting, painting and anchoring process. Regarding his table “Three Ring Circus,” he acknowledges that “the artistic idea is the most important part.”
Jane Notides-Benzing’s imagination holds fragments of art from her visits to museums and galleries. As she creates her own art, she tries not to be overcome by the diversity of what she has seen.
“As I sort out what is feasible for me, I also encourage unforeseen interactions among my painted and layered transparencies,” said Notides-Benzing.
One result is the LED, mixed-media composition, “Selket: Past Becomes Present,” that brings an ancient statuette into the contemporary era.
A different approach is taken by Dan Scally as he stands before a blank canvas gathering up his emotions from something he has seen or heard.
“My involved emotions let the work develop itself to the point where I consciously make painterly decisions about gestures, shapes and colors. My act of recovering a memory is strong enough to clarify the kind of emotional feeling that inspired me to create the art in the first place,” said Scally.
His painting, “Rio Grande Crossing,” gives the viewer a landscape from which the details have been edited out in favor of warmth and emotional color.
A free reception with artist talks will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 17.
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