Charlie Lemay, illusion of Opposites (digital print, detail)
The artists in this exhibition create unique visual worlds in digital imagery, painting and sculpture. Each of their worlds is different from, yet relevant to, the one we normally inhabit. Surreal, mystical, and sometimes haunting, these works celebrate the imagination and its expression in visual language.
Charlie Lemay, an artist and designer who teaches at St. Paul's School in Concord, began making digital images 10 years ago. He calls his work "a life narrative, disclosing intensely personal experience in a mythical context ... on a variety of levels from the personal to the universal." Lemay digitally manipulates and reassembles original photographs to create a mystical world of striking images that connect the visual with the visceral. "My images," he says, "are like a mirror through which I and the viewer are able to confront hidden aspects of our innermost selves."
MéndezRobles (Abdías Méndez Robles) is a graduate of SNHU's former Puerto Rico Campus. He shows widely in Puerto Rico and has been praised by leading art critics there for his ability to create a world of metaphysical wonder. According to critic Haydee Venegas, MéndezRobles' works, which are influenced by Giorgio de Chirico and Salvador Dali, "speak of infinite, inexorable outer experiences but at the same time also touch our small inside worlds filled with dreams, thoughts and ideas. The bright tropical colors turn these hallucinated spaces into areas for reflection upon life while at the same time anchoring them to the Caribbean."
Rebecca Robinson, also from New Hampshire, creates 3-D works that often combines oppositions of texture, movement, and form. Her recent works are inspired by the fluidity and luminescence of alabaster, as well as by the seeming inconsistency of treating stone like fabric. They frequently involve knot-like forms, sometimes incorporating other materials as well, such as iron or wood. Although stone suggests heaviness, Robinson's polished, graceful and glowing alabaster forms seem weightless, rising up off the bases to which they may be bound in unexpected and visually challenging ways.
All McIninch Art Gallery events are free and open to the public.
MéndezRobles, Acción Reacción (oil on canvas)
Rebecca Robinson, Have Knot (alabaster,
iron, black walnut)