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November 20, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - December 27, 2014 @ 6:00 pmFree
November 20th through December 27th 2014
Opening Reception, Friday November 21st, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
First Friday Reception, Friday December 5th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Saturday:12:00 to 6:00 PM
Esthesia, work by Carrie Burr, Paula Keppie and Wendi Smith is inspired by the content, colors and textures of the natural world. While the three artists use different mediums and styles, their processes hinge on their desire to “perceive afresh the world around us.”
Found materials and questions of sustainability, for example, inform Carrie Burr’s current installation work. Burr is a photographer and artist whose work is inspired by the inundation of information from all natural and human existence and how we discern it as useful information. The conversation observed is what is important to people, why and how it plays out in forced action verses watching the play of the unknown. “It’s a lot about perception of control, how we think we know what is really going on when it is impossible to ever know,” she adds.
Paula Keppie, also a poet and writer, is interested in the historic materials of language making. “I think of my work as an ongoing conversation with the natural world, it’s patterns and textures,” says Keppie. For this show, she began by embedding twigs, rope and pods into paper to make relief prints. Sapsucker bark and rusted silk was photographed and mirrored for other pieces to invoke sound and natures multi-sensory experience.
Smith, a former teacher at Bellarmine University and Indiana University Southeast, combines painted imagery from the natural world with the decorative style of illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages. “Seeing nature in a new context, as elevated by ritual, is the core of these pieces,” says Smith. “The goal is to experience the subject of animals, birds and insects in a new way as part of the sacred. Nature is the beginning, and the work is a way of paying homage to the interwoven relationships between all of the components of the earth,” she adds.
PYRO Gallery is open 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM Thursday through Saturday, or by appointment. The gallery is open late during artist receptions and First Friday Trolley Hops. Admission to PYRO Gallery is FREE and open to the public.
PYRO is an artist owned and operated gallery with 19 current members. Working in many different styles and media, a diverse group of professional artist members guarantees a lively assortment of work to visitors and collectors.