Frederick Wright Jones
May 11th through June 15th, 2019
May 11th 7 to 9 pm
Refreshments and wine/beer provided to enjoy.
6 Established and Contemporary Artists of the Lehigh Valley will be participating in a group exhibit which centers around the concept of Transportation in the Lehigh Valley, including the transportation arteries Route 22, Highway 78 and the Lehigh River.
Each Artist introduces the exhibit with a HAIKU:
Which side of the road
Or of the Lehigh River
Is the sky most blue?
Of winding Lehigh River
Floats Route 22
The Lehigh River
Isn't the Mississippi
it has no music
my Haiku is late
Haiku delayed is Haiku denied
Sepuku for me
Be like water
said Bruce Lee...
High rivers in Fall
roads river flowing
structures interlace in time
transport away now
Since her arrival to the Lehigh Valley in 2000, Jill Odegaard has lived and worked in Allentown as an Artist and Educator. She holds the position of Professor and Chair of the Art Department at Cedar Crest College in Allentown PA. She earned her MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis MN and her BFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead MN.
"My work explores the tactile and ambient nature of design through the use of handmade paper, fabric, and other mixed media. My process is to create structure while de-constructing, weave as I unravel and bring order to the accumulation of material, modules. Formal elements of line, shape, color, rhythm and repetition underlie decisions I make in my work. Exploration of contemporary interpretations of the grid as they relate to craft traditions and formats of weaving guide my process.
Structure and form evolve and patterns are revealed as emphasis is placed on the spaces between and marks around the edges which are an essential component to the whole."
SCOTT SHERK - PAT BADT:
Scott Sherk and Pat Badt have collaborated on many projects through The Third Barn (www.thethirdbarn.org.) Evoramonte Castle Portugal, Katonah Museum and The Lab Gallery NY, NY are some places they have exhibited together. Their sound and color piece is in the permanent collection of the American Embassy in Riga, Latvia. Together they curated PastPresent at the Allentown Art Museum, 2015. Individually they have studio practices and are Professors Emeritus at Muhlenberg College and Cedar Crest College.
Pat Badt is a painter whose work is inspired by location, filtered through experience and sensibility. Brussels, New York, Philadelphia are among the places she has exhibited. Her work is included in the private and public collections including Oberlin College, Bryn Mawr College, University of Tennessee and the Allentown Art Museum.
Scott Sherk is a sculptor who works with sound. He has exhibited at the Katonah Museum, Allentown Art Museum, Kim Foster Gallery NYC, and Leslie Cecil Gallery NYC. His solo exhibitions have been favorably reviewed by the New York Times and ArtForum. His sound work has been released on CD by 3Leaves, and/OAR, and net releases by Stasisfield and Wandering Ear. Most recently his piece Snow Geese Take-Off was included in soundMIGRATION: soundart in a global context, an international audio exhibition.
Brian Wiggins was born in Northwest Arkansas in 1965. He received a BFA in painting and printmaking from Memphis College of Art in 1989. Recently Brian’s paintings have been in group shows in New York City, Denver, Chicago, Oakland, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Toronto, Canada and Oslo, Norway. His work is currently on view at Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He and his family live in Northeast Pennsylvania where he works as an Adjunct at a small Liberal Arts college.
Paul M. Nicholson is a multidisciplinary artist and curator living and working in Allentown PA, where he is the Director of the Martin Art Gallery at Muhlenberg College. Previously, he worked at Parsons School of Design, as Senior Advisor for the Fine Art, Photography, and Design & Technology MFA Programs in the School of Art, Media & Technology. Nicholson Was also the founder/director of Botanic Gallery, in Brooklyn, Co-founder of Bushwick Beer Garden, and a Co-Founder of Formula Gallery in Buffalo NY. Originally from Suva Fiji, he grew up in Western New York and earned his MFA from University at Buffalo, his MS from Buffalo State College, and his BFA from SUNY Fredonia.
Nicholson uses an interdisciplinary approach that employs traditional drawing, painting and photographic processes in the service of creating objects, installation and public intervention projects. The themes in his work vary from the explicitly political to the highly personal. His process, however, remains consistently focused on exploring how the crafted object functions against the backdrop of shifting cultural, political and economic landscapes.
FREDERICK WRIGHT JONES:
Frederick Wright Jones was born in Kimberton, PA. He has spent much of his adult life traveling between the Philadelphia area and Hamburg, Germany. Pushed by a responsibility to initiate conversation and critique about nation, history and culture, Jones’s hybrid practice works as both a mode of research and a method to communicate. He builds tools, toys and totems fusing craft with performance, sound-clashes and video.
Jones’s multimedia works materialize the effort to define and redefine his placement as an American and global citizen. He has found a home in the identity of the outsider. The experience of growing up a mixed heritage African-American in rural Pennsylvania and then living as a foreigner in Europe, where there are varied levels of reconciliation with past atrocities, motivates his work. His multimedia practice seeks to find the liminal space formed from racism and national boundaries, and to locate how citizens are defined and separated from those who remain alien. Aesthetically, he is inspired by folk art, merchandise packaging, underground comics and propaganda.
Frederick Wright Jones is currently an assistant professor of sculpture at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Having studied at Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Pennsylvania, he received his MFA from SUNY Buffalo.