Land as Language Artist’s Reception and Lecture at MPC Art Gallery
- When: Tuesday, October 6, 2009, time TBA
- Where: MPC Art Gallery, Monterey
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
Kansas’ pastoral landscape inspired Nelson Smith to paint pieces Melissa Pickford, Gallery Director for MPC, describes as “conceptual and cerebral.” Birch plywood washed with a loose, drippy base that allows colors to blend and flow over the textured canvas serves as the base for expertly drawn oil paintings of everyday, proletariat objects: hammers, buckets, shovels and shoes. ‘Land as Language’ explores the force behind landscapes and aims to translate from the images, which also include mathematical, schematic drawings to the observer through a created language. Ultimately, Smith wants to teach us to look below the surface of ordinary things we take for granted, particularly the land we step on everyday but never truly see. An hour long lecture will follow the artist’s reception in Classroom AS 104. The show closes Nov. 6. [MF]
12:30-2pm Oct. 8 reception; 2-3pm lecture; 11am-4pm regular hours daily. MPC Art Gallery, 980 Fremont St. , Monterey. Fee. 646-3060. http://www.nelsonsmithart.com.