Hillsborough Gallery of Arts: Earthworks
Earthworks presents by Hillsborough Gallery of Arts
Friday, May 26th, 2017 from 6 — 9 pm
Painters Chris Graebner and Jude Lobe along with potter Garry Childs take their inspiration for their new work from the earth this month at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.
Garry Childs describes his technique, “All of my work is formed on the potter’s wheel from terra-cotta clay. I apply glazes and pigments to my pots when they have reached a state potters call “leather-hard” which is when the clay has stiffened up enough to handle, but is not completely dry. I usually do this by spraying, but sometimes also with a brush. I then carve through the glaze into the still damp clay to achieve the various patterns seen on my work.”
Chris Graebner describes her inspiration for the show, “I love to drive, especially on long trips. Every summer we go to Northern Michigan – to Lake Huron. It’s a trip I love, two days up and two days back, driving through gorgeous scenery, forests and farms. (It’s amazing how many different types of barns there are!) Last summer, in addition to the trip to Michigan, we made a 3700 mile trip to South Dakota, returning home by way of Texas and Louisiana. As usual, I did most of the driving. Driving forces me to pay attention to everything around me and I’m always amazed by the beauty. Painting is my way of owning that beauty, so I greedily want to paint it all! My husband, Brooks, is patient about taking photos with the cell phone as we sail past interesting things on the highway. Most of the paintings in this show are of places observed from the car, in our travels over the last year.”
The work Jude Lobe presents in Earthworks reflects her love and respect of nature and carries the theme that we are connected with all living things. Lobe writes, “Hiking, working in the garden, daydreaming on mountains, or listening to the river gurgle over rocks assures me that even when things are bad, the good will rise again. Nature overcomes adversity. Whether it suffers from strip-mining, pollution, deforestation, or acid rain; the earth will rebound. New plants will seed a barren land allowing new plants to purify the air. But still man is the one that has the largest impact on everything in nature; plants, fauna, clean water, arctic ice, and so on. It is our responsibility to recognize that for our survival, we need to protect everything in nature.”
Lobe’s medium of choice, cold wax and oil, lends itself perfectly to express the idea of evolution and renewal. It affords the opportunity to show a history of the painting by building up layers, obscuring what’s beneath, and removing layers to reveal bits of past layers. It becomes a metaphor for a life that is a compilation of bits of past experiences. Her works in this show include cold wax & oil paintings, encaustics, and 3-D works.