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November Issue 2010

Mesh Gallery in Morganton, NC, Features Works by Mark Poteat

Mesh Gallery in Morganton, NC, is presenting the exhibit, 10 Years After: Comparisons and Similarities, featuring an exhibition of paintings by Morganton-based artist, Mark Poteat, on view through Nov. 13, 2010. The exhibit features two bodies of work which were completed ten years apart.

From the fall of 1999 to the winter of 2002 a series of 20 paintings were completed titled "Raft", with a number and in many cases a subtitle that related to a work or figure in Art History. This series was influenced by Théodore Géricault's "Raft of the Medusa", and the fact that a new millennium was approaching which caused the feeling of uncertainty among many.

A raft is often a means of last resort, such as a life raft. The imagery is made up of pallets that goods are transported on, and of the many implements found in golf course maintenance buildings. For the first 4 years of returning to Morganton, Poteat worked part time on the grounds crew at Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club while he taught as an adjunct faculty member at Western Piedmont Community College. It is from these experiences that the "Raft" series came about.

From 2003 thru 2008 the formal problem of pictorial space occupied Poteat's work. In the fall of 2008 he began a series of paintings titled "Factories". These works have continued his investigation into pictorial space were the forms have the feeling of projecting off of the picture plane. The subjects of these works are factories which represent the decline of manufacturing. The content expresses the feeling of being alive with movement and the willingness to not be defeated.

"Both of these series rely on references to art history for some of their compositions and at times added meaning and are an expression of personal experience, formal investigations into art, and a homage to my blue collar background," says Poteat.

For further information check our NC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 828/437-1957 or visit (www.meshgallery.com).


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