WELMONT is pleased to present con struere (together to build), a group show featuring the work of Harrison Deller, Cassandra Hart, Makenzie Kurz, and Alexandra Nordin, November 11th-12th, 2016. The opening reception takes place on Friday, November 11th from 5:30-9pm, and an informal artist talk will take place on Saturday November 12th from 11-12:30pm. Both events are free and open to the public.
con struere (together to build) is an exploration of the concepts of construction, destruction, reconstruction, and deconstruction. In this group show, artists Cassandra Hart, Alexandra Nordin, Harrison Deller, and Makenzie Kurz reflect on the natural environment and the human psyche in terms of physical and metaphorical “Struere”.
“Struere”, meaning “to build”, is the Latin root of the words which are essential to each artist’s work. Hart constructs landscapes as they exist in the atmosphere of a particular moment using collage. She employs the physical action of ripping and arranging paper to transform ephemeral moments into a tactile experience. Nordin critically evaluates the intentional destruction of the natural environment and disregard for human life which exists in post-industrial America. Her works employ transparency and layering of color, glass, and resin into objects which combine painting and sculpture. Deller works in a variety of media to present a contemplation on the nature of the human condition in the midst of disaster. The works presented vary from paintings on canvas to individual objects assembled to form an installation. Kurz’ deconstructs the human sensory experience of, and connection to, water. She breaks this experience down into its most essential elements to form a comprehensive study of human psychology by combining the figure with abstracted landscapes.
In con struere, Hart, Nordin, Kurz, and Deller engage in a multifaceted investigation into the concept of “Struere” as a method by which to study, understand, and represent the natural world and, by extension, the human experience of the natural world.
Makenzie Kurz, Untitled #4, 2016, Fluid acrylic on canvas, 30”x 30”
Makenzie Kurz (b. 1991, Fredericksburg, VA) is receiving a B.F.A. in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA in 2016 and holds an A.A.S. degree from Virginia Western Community College. Kurz’ acrylic paintings interpret psychological studies through the language of abstraction. She has exhibited internationally in Lacoste, France and in Savannah, GA. She has been recognized in student exhibitions and by wS Fredericksburg News as an Up and coming Artist. Kurz lives and works in Savannah, GA.
Alexandra Nordin, Lavender Pit, 2016, Resin, paper, acrylic and enamel, 34”x 34”
Alexandra Nordin (b. 1993, Albuquerque, NM) is receiving a B.F.A. in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA in 2016. She is a mixed media artist who explores transparency and collage in works which interpret her research in history and archaeology. She has exhibited her work internationally in Lacoste, France and in Savannah, GA. Nordin currently lives and works in Savannah, GA and plans to relocate to New York in 2017.
Cassandra Hart, Abstract Landscape (Teal), 2016, Ink wash and sumi-e paper on canvas, 36” x 18”
Cassandra Hart (b. 1995, U.S.) is receiving a B.F.A in painting and minor in sculpture from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. in 2017. She uses a variety of media and utilizes space to create atmospheric and musing works. Hart currently lives and works in Savannah, GA and plans to relocate to Hiawassee, GA in 2017.
Harrison Deller, Contemplando el Abismo Existencial, 2016, Oil pastel and acrylic on canvas, 60”x 72”
Harrison Deller (b. 1993, United States) is receiving a B.F.A. in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. in 2017. He is a mixed media artist whose work includes painting, installations and sculpture which explore the boundaries of the artistic practice as a psychologically and socially healing entity. Having grown up in Ecuador, a strong sense of Latin American identity informs and influences his work. He has exhibited his work internationally in Quito, Ecuador and in Savannah, GA. Deller lives and works in Savannah, GA.
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