Beautiful Again – Works by Dana Brown & Scott SmithBy Katsil • Jul 15th, 2010 • Category: Calendar, Past Exhibits
|October 15, 2010 5:00 pm||to||December 4, 2010 2:00 pm|
Ms. Brown, a water-media painter and Mr. Smith, an assemblist, come together in exhibition as they individually find beauty and inspiration in the old, the industrial, and the worn. The exhibit will be on display October 15 – November 20, 2010. Both artists will be the guest speakers at Lunch & Learn on November 5th at Noon. The event is free but reservations are requested at 256-341-0562.
Dana Brown, a resident of Huntsville, Alabama, works mainly in transparent watercolor on paper. Her current subject matter is buildings and machinery. Hues of orange, red and complementary blues appear in many of her works that feature a strong sense of light and shadows. Some of her works are in casein, which is an opaque water-media and a few are encaustic paintings, or hot wax paintings. Her works, over the past 10 years, have been featured in about 70 solo, group, and juried exhibitions across the country, and published in a number of art magazines and books.
Scott L. Smith, originally from Sandusky, Ohio, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts and Art History from Ohio University and a Master’s degree in Printmaking from the University of Miami (Fla.). Scott was formally trained as a master printmaker at Vinalhaven Press and Universal Limited Art Editions. Scott has been featured in more than 50 solo and group shows in the U.S. and Australia and in numerous collections including the Shack Collection (Miami), the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Southern Graphics Council Archive, the University Print Collection (Iowa State University), and the Huntsville Arts Council. Two of his assemblages are featured in the book Collage in All Dimensions. His current works are multimedia assemblages that include metal, printed paper, wood, linoleum and other recycled materials. Currently, Scott teaches printmaking, design, and art history at Alabama A&M University and resides, with his wife and 2 daughters in Owens Crossroads, Alabama.
Dana Brown Artist Statement
“Art has always been my great love, but until I became a daily painter, I felt out of step – like I was living without rhythm or a common thread through my days. Making art is simply an essential part of my life.”
“My subjects tend to be structural with an emphasis on strong design. In my mechanical pieces, I enjoy the fact that all the parts have a purpose and do their job – hoses winding to their destination, bolts tightened securely, and engines ready to crank. Selfishly speaking, it is a secure place to spend the day, painting my way through the light and shadow patterns of a tractor engine.”
“A more recent challenge has been to express myself through casein. Although it is also a water based medium, it can be used opaquely – so I’m able to lean on my abilities with transparency while pushing the same medium to semi-opaque and opaque.“
Scott Smith Artist Statement
“I am influenced by the passage of time and its effects on structures, machinery, and materials. These effects are the sources for the materials that I use in the assemblies. The found materials are from residential, agricultural, and industrial sites. They represent to me a contemporary archaeological study.”
“In my work I am collecting discarded wood and metal and using them to print the paper material for the final collage. The work is about the relationship between the found materials, the printed product, and all of those elements in the final assembly. These relationships may be based on surface, color, texture, or the sites where the materials were found.”