This summer Martin Art Gallery has been busier than normal, with not one but three concurrent exhibitions in the Baker Center for the Arts. Each show features an area artist, and this Friday [tomorrow] June 14th, we are pleased to host an opening reception for campus & community, from 4:45 - 6:15pm.
Our first exhibition will feature prominent area artist Femi J. Johnson, who is showing 20 new works in a curated exhibition alongside selections from the MAG permanent collection. This dynamic exhibition showcases his expansive artistic practice in the context of an eclectic array of complimentary art works.
Working directly with the artist, we've taken works from Johnson’s ongoing series, Abstract Story-Scapes, and paired them with collection holdings. Rare or never-been-shown works such as Edward Leonard's 1955 Samuel Geiss Trexler portrait are contrasted by more familiar pop and abstract expressionist works by Richard Anuszkiewcz, Harry Bertoia, and Robert Rauschenberg. The show draws formal, aesthetic, and conceptual connections with Johnson’s lyrical contemporary art practice. Walking from Valerie Demianchuk's meticulously rendered pencil drawing, to Johnson's colorful and expressive painting Invocation to Memory is certain to create connections for some and provoke dissonances in others. Other permanent collection artists represented in this exhibition include Alfonse Borcsewicz, AM Debrincat, Steve Joy, Katinka Mann, among others.
Elsewhere in the CA Zach Kleemeyer's unique found wood assemblages truly stand out in his show In search of, situated in our new display area just outside the Paul C. Empie Theater. In the "V" gallery, we're showing a dozen of Emily Strong's provocative hyper-realistic figurative works in her first institutional solo show, entitled Corporeal Landscapes.
We are pleased to note that as with our in-semester exhibition series, our visiting artists are premiering suites of all or majority new [/or never been shown] work, and so I hope you'll take this chance to come by the gallery this summer to seem something completely different! All three exhibitions will remain on view through August 1st.
Additional information about this or other exhibitions can be found at the Martin Art Gallery homepage https://www.muhlenberg.edu/gallery/
*Martin Art Gallery programming is free and open to the public.