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So I had a really productive day in the studio laying some paint down. Graduation in May, first requires a final exhibition of my work in the Cress Gallery on campus. Despite all the design work that I do, I feel that it is extremely important to disconnect from the digital. Think of it as analog creativity. My best friend Bill and I have been experimenting with a technique of laying down acrylic in such a way that it’s viscosity creates very interesting forms by pushing and pulling pigment across the surface of all different kinds of materials. The current favorite medium in the studio would be MDF board. It is cheap and porous, which is great for handling thinned out pigment. As the medium absorbs the acrylic, translucent layers form and create a very celestial depth.

This piece is a collaboration that I am working on with Bill. It has actually been in progress for four or five months almost. We hauled it back into the studio just today actually to try and get it finished up. This image and the following illustrate the technique of flowing pigment onto the surface.

digression.

Look at this tree growing up through the masonry in this abandoned hotel. This is the rear of the St. George hotel on Market Street in downtown Chattanooga. This decrepit structure looks as if it could collapse at any moment, especially if the tree knocks down that lad bearing pilaster. Still though, it is an interesting juxtaposition of nature existing alongside refined man made materials.

Final words: Trees are resilient.

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Last evening was the show opening at the Cress Gallery of an exhibition by Ian Pedigo (pronounced, “eye-an”). An Alaskan native originally, he has since moved about and rooted himself in New York where he builds sculpture.

I was initially drawn to how he handles geometry within his work. Beyond the fact that the material he uses is primarily found, the subject matter of the work seems to be focused on nature juxtaposed with the urban environment, with which we are so familiar. An interesting point to make is that the materials used to create our vast urban environments are all made of natural resources that have been refined. The origin is the same however. Ian spoke directly about his process which is always interesting to hear because of the importance it holds in the physical creation of the work. “I arrange until forms emerge on their own.” The end result is abstract, but the process is influential.

“[There are] inherent possibilities within the materials themselves.”

Ian’s later work takes on another medium by searching through his repository of images, he scans and enlarges to accentuate the color separation of printed images. Again incorporating the theme of nature, Ian creates these installations resembling window panes, which abstract the already veiled image due to the quality in which it is printed. they are strikingly beautiful.

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