Painter Bary Gulley's work

Foreman Gallery Welcomes Painter Bart Gulley

February 15, 2011

The Foreman Gallery will open an exhibit titled "From Image to Object: Painting to Collage" by Bart Gulley on February 17, 2011. Gulley returns with new works created specifically for exhibition at Hartwick. More than 40 pieces comprise the show and will be exhibited with a selection of large marble sculptures by renowned artist Stanley Boxer. Bart's paintings are featured in a Paramount major motion picture, Morning Glory, starring Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton.

"This new work is mostly collage, a method that allows me to quickly create unexpected compositions of strong contrasts and abrupt juxtapositions of shape, scale, and material," Gulley said. "My intention is to make abstract works that resemble the concrete--that have an essential physical force. This work incorporates my life-long interest in the traditions of fine art and the classic American commercial design, graphics, and modernist architecture.

"With collage I'm casting lines and colors as material facts, and inverting painting's pictorial space to some degree. In my work, intuited sensation has always been wedded to analytical intention. These qualities help me reconcile traditions in design and art- making that I once believed were opposed. I hope to extend the American vernacular in a way that reflects these long-held interests."

"Gulley's attention to the phenomenal and the analytical permeates his thought and process, and emerges as one of his signature aesthetic strategies," said art critic Dominique Nahas. "By uncovering structural relationships between oppositional qualities that are felt simultaneously, he creates internal landscapes and geometries that derive from the real, but rely upon multiple viewpoints... There is nothing casual in Gulley's work; his paintings make manifest a stringent mindfulness in which fastidious buoyancy, unexpected flexibility, and lightness of being become imminent."

Opening Reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 17
Musical performance by Adjunct Professor of music, David Gibson, 5-6 p.m.
Closing reception with Gallery Talk by Bart Gulley at 5p.m. on Friday, March 18 at 5 p.m.

The Foreman Gallery is the central exhibit space in the Anderson Center for the Arts. During the academic year it hosts several shows featuring the work of students, faculty, and contemporary artists. The Foreman Gallery serves both the campus and Oneonta community Tuesday through Friday from 12 noon until 8 p.m., and on Saturday from 12 noon until 4 p.m.

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