October Issue 1999
Jerald Melberg Gallery - Charleston Features Emily Wilson & Arless Day
Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charleston, SC, is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of the sculptures by Emily Wilson and a solo exhibition of collages by Arless Day. The exhibitions will be marked with an opening preview reception that will coincide with the French Quarter Gallery Association's ART WALK held Oct. 1, 1999. Both Wilson and Day will be present during the reception between 5 and 8 pm. The exhibitions will continue on view through Oct. 31.
In 1982, Emily Wilson received her B.F.A from the Memphis Academy of Arts. It was only after the discovery of Mexican folk art figures that she decided to pursue graduate study in wood at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, TN, where she currently resides.
Her sculpture is a compilation of thorough sanding, priming and seamless integration of carved basswood pieces upon an equally intricate steel wire armature. Frequently representing flora, fauna and other aspects of nature, each wooden element is effectively represented with airbrushed layers of transparent color and whispering linear patterns. The result is a curvilinear flow of steel and wood depicting images of gentle, natural co-existence that are pleasing to the eye as well as to the soul.
Wilson's wall and table sculptures have been included in over thirty exhibitions across the Southeast. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the University of West Florida, the Montgomery Museum of Art and the Huntsville Museum of Art as well as many corporate and private collections.
Baton Rouge, LA, native Arless Day builds the best of all possible worlds in his collage-paintings of pastoral architecture, landscapes and interiors. Day constructs these environments from scores of images collected, cut, torn and then pasted. The artist then "pulls the image together" by painting over the collage with gouache. The dream world he creates sparks joy, delight and whimsy in the observer.
Looking at Day's collages, the viewer encounters a series of points of view that create a panoramic passage, from close-ups to distant views, from expansive interiors to syncopated vistas and back again. Like admirers of a travel book, we receive an idea of the artist's world through a window. Yet we see a place that does not exist in realty, only in the assemblage that Day has created.
Day's work can be found in numerous public and corporate collections including BASF, Fidelity Investments, IBM Corporation, the Art in Embassies program, the Mint Museum (Charlotte, NC), the Gibbes Museum of Art (Charleston, SC), the Columbus Museum (Columbus, GA) and The Ringling School collection.
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