The exhibition, Sharon Fishel, Chris Gregson, Jeffrey Smith: Abstractions, was held at the Visual Arts Center, TCC at Olde Towne (VAC), Portsmouth, VA, January 18 through March 6, 2014. The Artist Reception took place on Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m. Informal gallery talks by the artists began at 6:30 p.m. prior to the reception.
In small multi-layered paintings, Sharon Fishel (Washington, DC) used plant forms as catalysts to create metaphorical landscapes. The radiating, spiraling, exploding, falling, opening and closing of Mayapple, Solomon’s Seal, Hosta, Milkweed, Redwood leaves and Kudzu provided a dramatic interplay between subject and media. Her imagery suggested individual moments from the natural life cycle of living forms as well as the impermanence of the world in which we live.
Series of paintings by Chris Gregson (Fredericksburg, VA) depicted the world as a highly structured web of an ephemeral reality. Simple backgrounds held layers of organic and geometric forms evolved from the intersection of complex terrains, manmade structures, forces of nature and memory. Void of any particular time or place, his large-scale installations were comprised of multiple paradoxical images meant to evoke engagement and contemplation by the viewer.
Abstractions on paper by Jeffrey Smith (Washington, DC) illustrated descriptions of UFO sightings and explored larger issues of human awareness. As an ongoing series, this theme continuously questioned our assumptions and beliefs about the world and provided a bridge to a multitude of other topics. Created after an intense period of study, these colorful and eloquent pieces challenged the artist in numerous ways with regard to process, expression and interpretation.
The VAC is located at 340 High Street, Olde Towne Portsmouth. Galleries are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and are free and open to the public. For further information call (757) 822-1888 or go to the Center’s website, www.tcc.edu/vac/.