Vibrant sculptural paintings and works on paper will fill the University Art Gallery at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The season opens with works by Kansas artist Laura Moriarty.
“Laura Moriarty: Pay Dirt Art Exhibition” opens with a reception from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in the University Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Center for the Arts, 333 N. 16th St. Moriarty will give a gallery talk at 5:30. The exhibition runs through Friday, Sept. 23.
“Taking poetic license with geology, I compare processes of the studio with processes of the earth,” Moriarty said. “Layers of color form the strata of a methodology in which the immediacy of the hand can translate a sense of deep time. Working and reworking molten, highly pigmented beeswax, I build each object through a slow, simple yet strenuous physical engagement, which often becomes a metaphor for the ephemerality of live and civilization.”
Moriarty said she creates process-driven work “whose forms, colors, textures and patterns result from the same processes that shape and reshape the earth: heating and cooling, erosion, subduction, friction, enfolding, weathering, slippage.
“I will present a body of sculptural paintings and works on paper that were created following a residency at the Baer Art Center in North Iceland last summer,” she said. “The works were inspired by both the dramatic landforms that I observed there, as well as the culture that exists around them.”
While in La Crosse, Moriarty will hold a demonstration workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Sept. 8, in 119 Center for the Arts. The workshop is for students in painting, with a concurrent demonstration that is open to the public.
Regular gallery hours are: noon-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment and during events in nearby Toland Theatre.
For more information, contact the UWL Department of Art at 608.785.8230 or visit www.uwlax.edu/art.