JAMES HOLLAND, “AUTO/GEOGRAPHY, MEANDERINGS AND DRAWINGS”
November 24 – January 12

“Re/Turn” Performance on Tuesday December 2 at 12:30pm in Chapman Hall 808 C/D followed by a reception in Pegasus Gallery.

James Holland, "Mulloch Mor 1,'" video still.

James Holland, “Mulloch Mor 1,'” video still.

The work contained in Auto/Geography began with a desire to traverse various ancient sites in The Burren (County Clare, Ireland). The sprawling landscape of The Burren, and its many stone structures, has captivated me since first traveling to Ireland in 1991. It’s one hundred square miles of limestone pavement, glacially deposited summer flora, and diverse stone burial structures, engender a spatial consideration of life’s ephemerality and questions of an afterlife. Twenty years after my initial trip to Ireland, partly to process my own experience of loss, I felt compelled to meander this ancestral landscape and to record my experience.

To accomplish this, I completed a 2012 summer residency at Burren College of Art, intent on exploring the relationship between ephemerality and permanence. Auto/Geography is comprised of still, time-based and drawn artifacts informed by these goals, and the hope that each viewer’s interpretation exceeds the scope of these intentions. In addition to gallery artworks, Auto/Geography will also feature a thematically linked performance by James Holland and Alycia Bright Holland entitled Re/Turn.

For more information please contact:
Matthew Weber, Art Curator
860.343.5806, mweber@mxcc.edu

 
CLARISSA R GERBER, “FIGURATIVE COLOR”

January 26 – March 6

Please join us for an artist’s reception on Thursday, Jan 29th 6-7:30 pm in Pegasus Gallery.

Clarissa R Gerber, “Allie in Summer,” 54 x 40 inches, oil on canvas, 2013.

Portrait paintings by Clarissa R Gerber address the complex underpinnings of identity, emotional presence, and of human psychology.  Dynamic color relationships and closely cropped compositions contain and defy the descriptive physicality of individual subjects.   Broad brushstrokes, stark color contrasts and spatially deviant background settings offer readings of emotive states of mind and brewing interior narratives.

Gerber’s paintings speak to universal aspects of the human condition and reveals auras carried by both subject and setting.  These portraits also materialize the visceral gaze exchanged between model and artist, artist and image, and lastly, between the viewer and resulting painting.

Gerber currently resides in Manchester and has exhibited her paintings nationally. She earned an M.F.A. from Michigan State University and a B.A. from Alfred University.  She has instructed art at Eastern Connecticut State University, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and she currently teaches as an art adjunct at Middlesex Community College. See more of her work at www.clarissargerber.com.

For more information please contact:
Matthew Weber, Art Curator
860.343.5806, mweber@mxcc.edu