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Opening Reception of Mary Conover Solo Show and “Form & Void” with Vicki Lee Johnston and Jim Johnson
August 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - September 13, 2018 @ 8:00 pm UTC-6Free
Sept. 13, 6 – 8p.m., at The Launchpad in Carbondale
Carbondale Arts presents two exhibitions opening to the public at the R2 Gallery in The Launchpad in Carbondale on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 6 to 8p.m. Based in Aspen, CO, Mary Conover is an abstract artist who explores the symbolism of light in her studio practice of painting, collage, photography, and digital photomontage. The work in her solo exhibition at Carbondale Arts was created during a recent sojourn in the Caribbean where she works several times each year. The work represents a paean to the islands after the devastating destruction from hurricane Irma in the fall of 2017. Jim Johnson’s charcoals exist primarily in the cerebral environment of the mind. Using the equally humble, but historically traditional art materials of charcoal and paper, Johnson carves letters out of the space of the visual ground. Creating dark thought-like balloons of white words drawn in a flowing script font, he uses simple and frequently well-known phrases or words to provoke an esthetic experience that ranges from the humorous to the grave.
One current theme of the artists has been that of time as reflected in various forms of language. The drawings are like thought pictures. Like Johnston’s sculptures, they endeavor to give physical form to ideas.