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New Exhibit Features Works By Art Faculty and Charlottean Susan Brenner

August 30, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Studio art faculty
Works by Davidson's studio artists, (l-r) Russ Warren, Cort Savage, and Herb Jackson are being featured through October 10.

A large crowd gathered Wednesday evening, August 29, for the opening of the college's first art exhibition of the new academic year.

As has become tradition, the exhibition features work by Davidson's three studio art professors, Herb Jackson, Cort Savage, and Russ Warren, with the work of each artist occupying a separate room in the college's William H. Van Every, Jr. Gallery.

Across the hall in the Edward M. Smith Gallery, the college is exhibiting "New Paintings on Paper" by Charlotte-based artist Susan Brenner. Both exhibits will remain on view through October 10.

All of the artists were on hand at the opening. Jackson had the opportunity to visit with the Davidson art building's namesake, Kat Belk of Charlotte (c), and a friend who accompanied her. (l-r) Davidson English Professor Brenda Flanagan and President Robert Vagt shared views on Russ Warren's work.

The exhibition includes three recent large-scale acrylic works on canvas by Jackson, a 1969 graduate of the college who is now entering his 33rd year of teaching here. "Out of the Silence" and "Meeting in the Air" demonstrate why Jackson has become renowned for employing striking colors and intricate textures, building up and stripping away hundreds of layers of paint to reveal dynamic abstractions.

Warren continues to explore a variety of charged symbols in a new series of paintings entitled "I Dream of Altamira." These lyrical oil paintings combine humor with Warren's unique stylistic approach to create images that are both chaotic and harmonious. Those in the exhibit include the large canvas, "Mare, A Work In Progress #12," and smaller work entitled and "Everyone Could Use A Little Miracle. Warren discussed his work during the evening with Davidson senior studio art major Julie Failey of Indianapolis, Ind. Failey and other studio art majors will stage exhibitions of their own work in Davidson's galleries during the spring semester.

Savage, a sculptor, debuted kinetic works which employ eclectic materials and mechanization that create a unique sensory experience for the viewer. He created a very large untitled work that dominates the gallery's largest room. Its walls are composed of lantern slides from the early 20th century that were used in teaching art history. The columns inside the structure slowly twist and turn.

The Smith Gallery features a new series of paintings on paper entitled Dissections by Charlotte artist and educator Susan Brenner. Many of the untitled works resemble coiled rope. Brenner explains in an artist's statement that accompanies the exhibit that "...the paintings deal with the body as physical, biological material... I chose the rope for its flexibility in terms of the shapes into which it can be formed and for the potential references through those shapes to ideas of fluidity, repetition, knotting, intricacy of a pathway, etc."

These exhibits and all programs of the Van Every/Smith galleries are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, and noon-4 p.m. on weekends. Free parking is available behind the Visual Arts Center, and the building is wheelchair accessible. The building is located at the corner of Griffith and Main streets in downtown Davidson. For additional information, call the gallery director, Brad Thomas, at 704/ 894-2519 or 704/894-2344 weekdays, or email brthomas@davidson.edu.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson is currently engaged in "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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