THE FRONT

April 9- May 8, 2016

April 9- May 8, 2016

Opening reception Saturday April 9th, 6-10pm

Rooms 1 & 2:

Patch Somerville
X

X is an ongoing series of paintings that considers the multitude of uses, meanings and interpretations of the mark X. The paintings in
this exhibition explore the relationship between ‘X’ and the grid, as well as the mark’s use as a form of redaction and as a symbol of
unknown factors.

Patch Somerville lives and works in New Orleans, LA. He has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Tulane
University. Patch has been awarded fellowships to attend the Vermont Studio Center, the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Artist Program, and the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. He was awarded a Louisiana Division of the Arts Career Advancement Grant, and is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant.

patchsomerville.com

Room 3:

Dan Alley, Detached View, Glass, 17 x 24 x 2” (detail), 2016
 

Dan Alley
Perspective Perception

Our understanding of space is determined by the optic laws we have inherited. The invention/discovery/realization of perspective in the 15th century has infused our perception, determines how we perceive space, and how we represent it. Lines define dimension which then determines our reality. Is it possible to reorder our observations in order to more accurately depict and understand the space we inhabit? When this happens will our new understanding affect our experience of the world as it did 500 years ago?

Dan Alley began his career in sculpture as a ceramics student in Anchorage, Alaska. After completing his BFA degree at Washington State University, he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he began to work in kiln formed glass while being employed at Bullseye Glass Company. His mix media sculpture combines his knowledge of material process with his interest in history and math. He received his MFA in Glass at Tulane University in 2014. Now a resident of New Orleans he combines technical skill, craftsmanship, and inspiration from science and the world. 

danalley.com

Room 4:


Weston Lambert, Untitled, Black glass and pyrite, 3 x 3 x 2”, 2016; Untitled, Malachite and glass, 3 x 6 x 5”, 2015

Weston Lambert
Caves of Ziran

The Caves of Ziran cannot be found on any map. I didn’t harvest the array of minerals in this exhibit from a cavern in a far-off exotic land, and the pieces containing hematite do not possess the power to heal you any more than amethyst prevents intoxication.*

Ziran is the Chinese word for nature, or that which happens spontaneously, effortlessly. The Caves of Ziran refers to a state of mind—a place where my work of glass and stone has lived for over a decade. I needed to make the work this show in order to fully realize the series before it’s abandoned in service of my next body of work.

* Amethyst was named by overindulgent ancient Greeks who wore the purple stone—not dissimilar in color to wine—to keep from getting drunk (a- ‘not’ + methystos- ‘drunk’).

Weston Lambert lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana and is the professor of practice in the glass program at Tulane University. His sculptures have been included in Sculpture magazine, the Glass Quarterly magazine and have been shown both nationally and internationally at exhibits such as SOFA Chicago and the Cheongju Craft Biennale in South Korea. In addition Weston has also recently completed public commissions of glass, metal and stone for the cities of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Geneva, Illinois.