BCC Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery presents artist Joan Backes Home Construction and Todd Moore’s Rock Paintings: Pictures, Objects, Metaphors, and Symbols.
March 6 - April 5, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 6-8 p.m.
Snow Date for Opening Reception
March 7, 6-8 p.m.
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday 1 - 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Joan Backes builds house-shaped structures out of a variety of materials, some minimally elegant and others, highly textured and tactile. The simplicity of the form, the balance of perfectly harmonious proportions, is the welcome sign to our experience. They are linear, empty yet full, and each detail carefully considered.
Backes received her MFA in Painting from Northwestern University, Department of Art Theory and Practice. She received an MA in Painting at the University of Missouri. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
Since 2000, her paintings have focused on trees and on the effects of over-development. Her installations focus on the house as image and symbol and often incorporate site-specific materials. Backes' Carpet of Leaves often use over 1000 leaves in each installation, bringing the outside to the gallery or museum.
Permanent installations of her work include Internationales Waldkunst Odenwald Forest, Darmstadt, Germany; Berlin / Grunewald, Berlin, Germany; Linnaean Garden, Uppsala, Sweden; Silpakorn University Art Atrium, Bangkok, Thailand; and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada.
Todd Moore takes us to the shoreline, a place both timeless yet in a continuous state of flux. His paintings and drawings are both contextual and yet without reference to scale. The timelessness of place, the constant sifting and tumbling of boulders, stones, and water remind us of the cyclical nature of things.
Moore lives and works in Rhode Island. He holds an MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, and a BA from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington.
Since 2007, he is a Professor of Foundation Studies, Rhode Island School of Design. His work is held in collections as diverse as Nordstrom, Inc., Seattle, Washington; Edwards and Angell, Attorneys, Boston, MA; American Republic Insurance Company, St. Louis, Missouri; Hillhaven Corporation, Tacoma, WA; and Princess House Corporation, Taunton, MA (mural); along with numerous private collections around the country.
Recent exhibitions include Faculty Biennial, RISD Museum, Providence, RI; Ocean States; Hamilton Gallery, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI; On Nature,
Chazan Gallery at Wheeler, Providence, RI; Todd Moore - Rock Paintings, RisdWorks, Providence, RI; James Hall Fine Art & Design Show, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI; and Bristol Art Museum 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Bristol, RI.
For more information, contact Kathleen Hancock at 508.678.2811 ext. 2439, or email email@example.com.