November 1st – January 1st

About the Exhibit

The winter show’s participating artists are Beth Lawson, Ethan Lind, and David McClendon. Their combined works show powerful representations of common people. In modern day society, we are so focused on our magical glowing devices that help connect us to the world, but can lose our connection to the physical world and the people in it. What are we missing when we are looking down?

About The Artists

Beth Lawson

I spend a lot of time looking at the way light, color and shapes work together. I take things apart so I can put them back together emphasizing important rhythms and patterns. I strive to create work that reads as abstraction up close and realism from a distance. I try to engage the viewer with tangibles. I take apart the landscape, architecture and forms to highlight the beauty within. I am always striving for balance between abstraction and realism, between industry and nature, between painting as a pleasingly aesthetic physical object and invoking a redolent memory.

David McClendon

I created these portraits with a hand-built, room-sized camera obscura. The subject sits outside the camera, and I take the exposure while standing inside. The camera uses 14x17 inch medical x-ray film, which provides me with a negative dense with detail and an altered gray scale palette, allowing me to create these gritty, hyper-real looking images. I built the camera with the specific intent of making unique looking images. There is an admittedly voyeuristic quality to my x-ray portraits. I thoroughly enjoy watching my subjects react to viewing their portrait for the first time. I even printed the negatives backwards to give the subject the impression of looking into a mirror and seeing their reflected image shining back at them in the customary orientation. I shoot my portraits onto medical x-ray film, and (until recently) was simply contact printing my images onto silver gelatin paper. I now drum scan my negatives, perform a minimal amount of Photoshop manipulation, and produce 36x44 inch archival pigment print portraits. As the viewer, you can examine these faces closely without embarrassment, counting the number of pores on a chin, freckles on a forehead, or blood vessels in an eye. We are socially programmed to pay special attention to nuances of the human face for survival, but seldom can we examine faces in so much detail. Observe all.

Ethan Lind

After years of drawing and painting I was given an etching press by the widow of a printmaker. As an enthusiast of Western and Eastern ink drawing and painting styles I find a natural attraction to the bold lines of etching and the soft tones of aquatint. Once I learned the craft, I have never looked back. I find inspiration from artists of the past from Goya to Gorey. Artists who understood the simplicity of black ink on white paper. I focus on the everyday. What appears mundane becomes spiritual-the utility pole is an abstract sculpture. Lighthouses are fortresses, trees, philosophers. Musicians are common subjects of my etchings, and I explore the similarities of music and the visual arts. In the arts, as in life, meaning is found in relationships. Relationships of musical notes, relationships of shapes, and relationships between human beings.

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