on display at the ArtPort Gallery from April 17 – June 24, 2013
A rare glimpse into the creative process, this exhibition reveals the gradual and deliberate way artists translate ideas into tangible art pieces. Digital artist, Robert R. Burke and woodworker, Stephen J. Fox work in very different mediums but in laying out their methods for the viewers, they show the commonalities within their art making process.
Burke creates digital photographic collage compositions using images that he captures in his travels and day to day activities. With an impressive manipulation of color and texture, Burke reflects the essence of the music, poetry and literature that often moves him to create. Typically beginning with a single image, he selects others to layer in and then explores the possible outcomes by repeating, altering and adjusting.
“Like all adventures there are highlights and pitfalls, hard work and perseverance, but as the creative journey progresses it hopefully concludes with renewed inspiration for the next trip.”
Fox has been working as a craftsman and woodworker for decades and frequently adds metal, paper or fabric to enhance his sculptural pieces, many of which are on view in this exhibition. In what might seem an odd departure, he recently began to experiment with printmaking techniques, specifically the reduction woodcut process. Fox, however, was curious about placing the emphasis not on the final printed, paper image but on the carved wooden block which is usually discarded after printing takes place.
“As a woodworker, I was biased toward the wooden panel, and I began to wonder what would happen if the panel itself became the final product, the piece of art.”
In addition to the artwork on view in this exhibition, each artist has prepared an instructional panel which will allow visitors in-depth exploration of the techniques and methods used to create the imagery on display.
The works in the exhibit will reveal the intuitive creative process on its course to a finished piece of art and will highlight the steps of generating, developing and communicating new ideas through imagery.
The ArtPort Gallery itself is located in the Tallahassee Regional Airport, 3300 Capital Circle SW, and is open daily from 8:00 am until 11:30 pm. All exhibits in this space are free and open to the public.
This exhibit is one of over a dozen annual exhibitions curated by the Council on Culture & Arts. The exhibit is part of the City of Tallahassee’s Art in Public Places program. For more information about this exhibition, upcoming exhibitions, or the Art in Public Places program, contact Amanda Karioth Thompson at COCA, (850) 224-2500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.