“Natural Design” Exhibition – April 30 – May 31, 2016

“Natural Design” Exhibition – April 30 – May 31, 2016
The May exhibit at Justus Fine Art Gallery entitled Natural Design will feature an installation of paintings by Memphis artist Thomas Green, along with work by Robert Fogel and Tony Saladino. All three artists employ strong color in their abstract work, but with widely varied visions. Green’s circular paintings give a “through the microscope” effect, exploring design in biological science. Working in steel, Louisiana artist Robert Fogel, who was also a biology professor for 25 years, integrates his interest and experience in geology into his sculptures. Texas painter Tony Saladino references the natural landscape as inspiration for his expressive and lyrical abstracts.

"Trigger Violet" by Thomas Green (c)

“Trigger Violet” by Thomas Green (c)

Thomas Green is also the featured artist for the Hot Springs Cultural Alliance’s Art in the Park Celebration. Green will be kicking off the celebration with a special light installation show at the Mid-America Museum on Friday evening, April 29, 2016. Green’s paintings will be installed at Justus Fine Art Gallery and the artist will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016. The exhibit will run from April 30 – May 31, 2016. Robert Fogel and Tony Saladino will be giving brief gallery talks at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 6, during the monthly Hot Springs Gallery Walk.

Thomas Everett Green explores microscopic photography and biology through painting, sculpture, and video installations that reference nature. He earned his BFA at Middle Tennessee State University, and MFA from Memphis College of Art in 2014. He was the 2012-2013 recipient of the Hohenberg Scholarship. His work has been shown in New York, Nashville, Memphis, Seattle, Detroit, and the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock and has been featured in online and print magazines in the United States, Mexico, and Europe. He was curator for the Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro Tennessee 2011 and 2012 and has contributed to publications including Taxi Art Magazine of Guadalajara Mexico and Number: Inc., an independent journal of the Arts for Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Currently he works as an independent curator and online host of Featherjett Fine Arts, and as a part time faculty member at Arkansas State University Mid-South and Memphis College of Art. He was recently included in the 2013 St. Jude Art of Science exhibition, 2014 Seattle Bumbershoot, 2014 D-Lectricity Detroit, and in the collections of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, West Cancer Center, and the Nashville International Airport.

"Meander 7  - Colorado Plateau" by Robert Fogel (c)
“Meander #7 – Colorado Plateau” by Robert Fogel (c)

As a biology professor for 25 years prior to pursuing a career in art, Robert Fogel developed a deep appreciation for nature, especially landforms and rocks that exhibit strong lines, textures and color. Working in metal, many of his sculptures evoke rock formations, landforms and other natural features that he observed during the summers he spent collecting fungi in the West. Fogel’s work may employ metal boxes welded or bolted together to suggest geolocial features. In his ”Vug” series large boxes evoke the mother rock and small boxes, a mineral vein. Upon moving to Louisiana, Fogel became intrigued by the meandering streams and the oxbow lakes and bayous created where streams have changed course. By offsetting sections of the ”Meander” sculptures, he breaks up the flat surface adding interest. The offsets also reference the geologic, political, and developmental forces acting on the rivers in the region. Fogel’s work has been selected for inclusion in several prestigious exhibitions, including Louisiana’s largest juried art show - Art Melt 2013, 2014, and 2015; along with the 2013 Joshua Tree National Park Art Show & Faire, and others.

"Conexión" by Tony Saladino (c)
“Conexión” by Tony Saladino (c)

Tony Saladino is highly respected for his expressive abstracts, landscapes, still life constructions, and printmaking. His work has been included in notable public and private collections including the collections of Tyson Foods, Bicardi Limited, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation of Austin, Texas, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Dallas, the Museum of Art and Archaeology of the University of Missouri, and the Museum of International Art in Brazil. Saladino has also been featured in The New York TimesSouthwest Art MagazineThe Artist’s MagazineAmerican Artist Magazine, the Best of Sketching and Drawing by Rockport Publishers, Enrich Your Paintings with Texture by David Band of North Light Books, along with many other publications. Saladino earned a Bachelors of Science from Louisiana State University in New Orleans. The artist currently resides in Hurst, Texas.