Works by Jim McCormick, Amy Currier, and Carol Brown
The textures and significance of nature and topography are represented in the work of three notable Northern Nevada artists - Jim McCormick, Amelia Currier and Carol Brown - whose art will be on display at the Western Nevada College Carson City Campus November 12 through January 24.
The reception for the artists will be on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 4:30-6:30 pm. A talk by Reno artist Jim McCormick will begin in the Main Gallery at 5:30 pm.
McCormick will present “All Terrain Vehicles” in the Main Gallery. His collection of mixed media works from 1990 to 2012 is focused on topography and how some of the most barren terrain in Nevada is crisscrossed by grids that assert authority.
In the College Gallery, Reno artist Amelia Currier’s “Oasis,” is rooted in the Japanese aesthetic tradition known as Wabi-Sabi, the idea that truth and beauty are imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.
Carson City artist Carolyn Brown will fill the Atrium Gallery with a natural theme in her “Carve Wood-Print Color-Cut Paper,” an exhibition of prints and collages based on the Japanese woodblock print tradition of moku-hanga.
McCormick earned a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Tulsa, followed by a master’s degree in painting and printmaking. He joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno where he taught a variety of studio disciplines over three decades, until his retirement in 1992. He also served several terms on the Nevada State Council on the Arts (now the Nevada Arts Council) and received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1990. McCormick has also guided the activities of the Nevada Art Research Project at the Nevada Historical Society.
His prints, drawings and mixed media works have appeared in solo and group exhibitions in the Pratt Graphics Center in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Art and the Dallas Museum of Art.
McCormick’s WNC exhibition and much of his Nevada artwork are grid-oriented. “Some perceived, others out of my line of vision,” he said.
“Think of highway or rail systems, and fences, as well as networks that carry electrical currents and information. To be off the grid suggests a kind of independence, but, at times that can be deceptive.”
Currier, a 30-year painter and printmaker, has presented her work in numerous national and international juried shows and is represented in private collections. She attended the Instituto Allende in Mexico and the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is a member of the International Encaustic Artists and the Encaustic Art Institute.
Currier’s latest art collection has seen her return to a primal form of expression. “My search for a more direct creative path also brought me back to my own primal memory: the exhilaration at age 7 of opening a fresh box of 16 Crayons. Two rows of color, the warm yellow one catching my eye first, each color playing off the other,” Currier said.
That fascination with color as a youngster is embodied in Currier’s work now as her art focuses on the colorful blooms in nature. “Like the crayons, each bloom is jostling with its neighboring color, seeking its most flattering compliment,” she said.
“These bloom images embrace the perception that truth is found in the observation of nature; that life is evanescent and that simplicity is at its core.”
Carolyn Brown, working from her studio in Carson City, has continually been inspired by nature in her career.
“Art is a journey that takes me down many paths,” she said. “My art journey began as a printmaker and now I create handmade paper, handmade books and collages from hand-printed papers. Nature continues to be my muse.”
Brown earned a certificate in printmaking from the Alfred C. Glassell Jr. School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, She also holds a bachelor’s degree in clothing and textiles from Oklahoma State University.
Today, her artwork is multidimensional and spans Japanese woodblock prints to collage with Japanese woodblock print. “When an idea comes to mind, I think of how I want to make the image into a print,” she said. “I begin with a sketch. If I choose to make a Japanese woodblock print, I carve woodblocks using traditional Japanese carving tools and print watercolors on Japanese paper with a baren.”
Brown’s fascination in the art form of collage with Japanese woodblock has allowed her to make similar collages with variations in color and design.
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