This fall Gilman Contemporary revels in the varied world of mixed media art. Artists Peter Clark, Stephanie Weber and Carrie McGee employ unusual materials to create works that are each inquisitive and whimsical.
London based artist Peter Clark is widely known for his whimsical collage works. He uses a collection of found papers, which are colored, patterned or textured by their printed, written or worn surfaces. From animals created from maps, labels and discarded tickets, to garments carefully crafted from gift wrapping, musical scores and love letters, Peter Clark has the rare ability to turn ordinary printed matter into exquisite works of art with character, beauty and wit. Whether at antiques fair in Sussex, or further afield to flea markets in France, USA, Japan and India, he travels far and wide to source materials for his next pieces.
Stephanie Weber’s works on honeycomb aluminum continue explore texture and tension with bands of luminescence and rich color. Combining disparate elements like the hard, high tech quality of the aluminum and the richness of the paint application define her work. Always working toward balance, Weber succeeds to create paintings that resonate with life and vitality. Weber studied with Diebenkorn, Elmer Brishoff and Nathan Oliveira, influential painters of the Bay Area Figurative Movement. Her work is included in the collections at the Museum of Contemporary art San Diego, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. and the New York Public Library among others.
Carrie Mcgee is a mixed media artist exploring variation within repeated forms. Utilizing transparent plastic she experiments with natural and chemical processes such as rust and oxidation. The illuminated metal impressions are unexpectedly beautiful, and possess a combination of organic and industrial qualities. Playful and architectural in scope, McGee creates luminous wall sculptures that emanate a meditative pulse as the interplay of light, shadow, and reflection participate in the nature of each object. Carrie McGee’s work hangs in numerous galleries, museums and private collections, including the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, California.