Friday, October 28, 2011

Richard Ambrose at Hespe Gallery, Nov 3- 26!

Ambrose’s drawings of disparate images are interwoven as if reconstructing memories. He looks at the world with detached disengagement, seeing the details and sometimes getting trapped within the image. The black and white drawings are a reflection of his childhood in an industrial Pennsylvania town, looking out his bedroom window at the colorless scene before him. He looks on color as too decorative and therefore stays away from it. This allows the viewer to focus on the scene and the minute details. The construct of the panoramic images are also meant to enhance the viewers periphery; the scroll like quality allows Ambrose to depict multiple elements within a rhythmic spatial context, also allowing the viewer to experience the environment as if they were engrossed in it.

Ric Ambrose has spent twenty years in the museum world as a curator and director. He was an accomplished artist at the start of his career and after retiring from the museum world decided to pick up where he left off. Ambrose has shown extensively around the US, including museum exhibitions in Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota, Illinois, Georgia and North Carolina. His work is in many public collections, including AT & T, Beta West, Central Bank and Sohio Gas and Oil Company.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Melissa Hutton, October 4-29!

Hespe Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new mixed media works by Melissa Hutton. A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, October 6, 2011 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The exhibition will continue through October 29.

Melissa Hutton will have her second solo exhibition at the Hespe Gallery in October. Hutton’s work explores the complexity of the American landscape and psyche. Thematically her work touches on isolation, fear, destruction and ultimately resilience. Greed and waste are subjects that are also explored, the beauty of the long stretch of farmland, cut in half by desolate roads and ramshackle barns. Hutton’s use of resin is a deliberate choice; the glossy surface serves as a metaphor for the American cultural obsession with excess and opulence.