Transformations, curated by Kathleen Moore, Coordinator of Visual Arts and director of gallery exhibitions at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts consists of eight award winning artists from Massachusetts and Florida. Lindley Briggs, Jeffrey Briggs, Annie Campbell, James Durrett, David Engdahl, Anna Kasabian, Brad Story, and Bill Thompson are exhibiting works that explore the transformation of differing media into works of art that are reflective in nature.
These award winning artists use glass, wood, stoneware, ceramics, plexi, bronze, aluminum, fiberglass, porcelain, urethane on polyurethane block, and more to create beautiful art works transformed into form, not function. It’s important for our students to see how professional artists can push and transform a medium and to look for ways to incorporate these techniques into their own artistic endeavors. The brilliant monochromatic colors and the shapes of artist Bill Thompson, whose works are in collections worldwide, create unique and evocative objects that offer a self-charging visual energy source the viewer will enjoy exploring; while bronze and aluminum artist Lindley Briggs explores and manipulates boundaries between fantasy, reality and surrealism. Artist Jeffrey Briggs, whose works are prized by collectors throughout the country, designed and sculpted the entire carousel at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. This exhibition will feature one of the sea creatures from that carousel. Endicott alumna Anna Kasabian’s porcelain pieces recall the forms and motion of flowers, sea plants and ocean waves–all visual bookmarks of native Cape Ann where the earth and ocean meet in spectacular forms. Endicott adjunct faculty member Annie Campbell’s ceramic and porcelain forms draw connections between humans and nature by creating tree surfaces that resemble pinched, burned, bound, stitched, and scarred flesh and bone. Her large forms and installations allow the viewer to have a more visceral interaction with the work. Brad Story, a 7th generation boat builder from Essex, draws on his knowledge of working in wood and materials such as epoxy and fiberglass and directs it towards his sculpture. His many years of experience in shaping beautiful boats, his life-long delight in looking at planes, learning how they are built and how they fly, and his eye for the neighborhood birds all seem to have come together in these pieces. Montserrat College of Art faculty member James Durret uses glass and mixed media to replicate waves, and large circular cast glass sculptures. Florida artist David Engdahl’s laminated wood sculptures explore the relationship between organic form and technology that are inspired by nature. He attempts to create integrity of material/process/form as a language of expression. He quotes, ”The limits are only what I can envision and accomplish.”