“Pattern & Form” – February 6-28, 2015

“Pattern & Form” – February 6-28, 2015

Justus Fine Art Gallery will feature Pattern and Form, an exhibition highlighting work by artists who incorporate the use of pattern and/or form as a primary focus of their work during the month of February 2015. Work by Dustyn Bork, Donnie Copeland, Carly Dahl, Robert Fogel, Tony Saladino, and Dan Thornhill will be included in the exhibition. The show will open with a reception from 5-9 p.m., on Friday, February 6 in conjunction with the monthly Hot Springs Gallery Walk. A brief gallery talk by attending artists will be given at 6:30 p.m.

Dustyn Bork is a printmaker and painter, who also works in mixed media. He earned his MFA in printmaking from Indiana University and his BFA in printmaking from the University of Michigan. Currently, Bork is an Assistant Professor of Art at Lyon College. Focusing on cultural notions of pattern, color, and design; Bork’s work has been exhibited in numerous juried printmaking exhibitions regionally, nationally, and internationally. He was awarded the purchase prize at the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition January 2011. Bork has also participated in an artist residency at the Franz Masereel Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium and at the MIRA artist residency in Martignano, Italy.

“Pattern and color and design are all around us. I am responding to all types of design in my work. The intentional design of architecture, signs and symbols, and the incidental structure of visual forms around us in various stages of decay. My work examines contrasts of old versus new. Shiny neon caution signs play against dulled, textured obsolete advertisements. These dizzying repeated motifs represent cultural notions or patterns that simply fill space are all pulled from our constructed environment.” – Dustyn Bork

Donnie Copeland uses painted paper on canvas to create patterned compositions. The patterns in each artwork are intended to suggest the idea of a pulse. This might be the pulse of an individual or the give and take of a relationship between people. This could also be the pulse of a pattern seen in a planted field or tree rings in layered rock formations. The experience of travel and exchange with people and places is also of significance in Copeland’s work. Landscape, local and distant, continues to be an important stimulus. Much of his childhood was spent in West Africa; a place filled with music, color, and a richness in culture. The pulse of music in a church service, a parade, or the texture amd smell of a market have had as much influence on his artwork as the great paintings and buildings of Europe. Copeland earned a MFA in painting from the University of Dallas, Texas and currently teaches drawing and painting at Ouachita Baptist University. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions in Houston, Kansas City, and throughout the Southeastern United States, including the 2011 Delta Exhibit at the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, and a 2012 exhibition entitled Boundary Hunters at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, New York.

Carly Dahl is an artist/printmaker whose work visually deals with ideas and ideals of beauty and representation in society. These artworks psychologically picture pressures and identities women deal with in their gender. Carly works mostly in printmaking and painting with hand drawn details. In her images, faces are left blank so that the women represented could potentially be any woman and the viewer can project themselves or others into the artwork. Carly Dahl has a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Toledo, Ohio. Dahl currently resides in Batesville, Arkansas where she works at the Lyon College.

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. 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. Working in metal, Fogel’s recent works employ metal boxes welded or bolted together. The size and shapes of the component boxes suggest different features, e.g., in the ”Vug” series large boxes evoke the mother rock and small boxes a mineral vein. The black oxide coating on steel may be left intact or altered to various degrees by grinding, sanding, sandblasting, or hammering. The surface may then be painted, or stained, then clear coated. Fogel will also apply patinas using acids. Upon moving to Louisiana, he 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 and 2014; and the 2013 Joshua Tree National Park Art Show & Faire. Fogel currently lives with his wife in Haughton, Louisiana.

Artist 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 Times, Southwest Art Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, American 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. The artist currently resides in Hurst, Texas.

Dan Thornhill’s expressive abstracts employ the strong use of pattern, color, and form. His paintings reflect his joy of life and a whimsical spirit. After a sucessful career in the sciences, Thornhill pursued his love of art and earned a MA in Studio Art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2013. Thornhill’s work is included in the permanent collections at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; the Fine Arts Institute in Edmonds, Oklahoma; the Grand Prairie Arts Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas; the Cancer Center at UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas; the Texarkana Regional Art Center, Texarkana, AR; along with other public and private collections. Owned by artist Dolores Justus, Justus Fine Art Gallery offers a wide range of original art including sculpture, paintings, ceramics, photography, and more by recognized artists. Opening receptions are held in conjunction with the Hot Springs Gallery Walk held from 5-9 p.m. the first Friday of every month in downtown Hot Springs. Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, call 501-321-2335.