Wednesday, March 26 | Submitted by | Downtown Central
For April at Arts & Letters, Meganne Rosen O’Neal started a new series of paintings, some on canvas and some on paper, and then delved them out to her artist friends to finish in their own style. The opening reception will be during First Friday Artwalk from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and the exhibit will be up for the month of April.
H. E. Croan
Typically, my work is the result of a collaborative partnership between myself and the media I work with. For Help From My Friends, I wanted to open up my process further and extend the collaboration to involve other artists. I am a process artist; the process of painting and the direction the paint takes of its own accord have strong influence in the end result. My manipulation of the paint is often guided by the shapes and texture created in the initial application, pouring, and the canvas’, paper’s or silk’s resistance or absorption of the liquid. This process requires me to let go of the work to a certain extent to allow it to develop and take direction on its own. This release of control lends itself well to collaborative work. I work back into some of the pieces numerous times, often utilizing fine line work to explore the contrasting macro and micro aspects of each piece, and others are finished after the initial pour, but in this case, I do not get to decide when the piece is finished. Help From My Friends is partially inspired by exquisite corpse, a technique developed by the Surrealists for their parlor game “Consequences” in which words or images were collected on a rotating paper between players to construct a finished piece. In our case, the concept has been simplified but the fun and enriching nature of the exercise is preserved in the spirit of collaborating creatively.
Cattywampus with special guest Ryan Dunn will be delighting everyone with a live musical performance at the opening reception during First Friday Artwalk from 7:00-10:00pm on April 4.
Bare Hand Brewers will be in house offering a tasting of their brown ale aged on toasted walnuts, dark and light molasses and cranberries playfully named Metrosexual Brown.