Push and Pull
An Exhibition of SCAD Faculty and Alumni
April 22 – May 21, 2016
Reception: April 28, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
This group exhibition of SCAD faculty and alumni is a playful reinterpretation of Hans Hoffman’s “push and pull,” the terminology for how the prolific painter described the relationships between colors and forms. Here, “push and pull” is used both theoretically and literally, as the artists draw colors and shapes from sources as widespread as contemporary signage and antique porcelain, or pigment is pushed through a printmaking screen and balloons pull against their tethers. The featured artists work across media—sculpture, printmaking, painting, ceramics and installation—in an exploration of appropriation, abstraction and process.
“Push and Pull” features Marcia R. Cohen’s (professor of painting, Atlanta) “Summer Reading” series of abstract compositions on shaped canvases and Tom Francis’ (professor of painting, Atlanta) gestural text-based paintings. Yves Paquette (professor of sculpture, Savannah) reinterprets the shapes and color of antique French Sèvres porcelain in his “L'hiver bleu” series of ceramic sculptures. Process is emphasized in the works of Elmer Ramos (BFA illustration, 2010) and Brandon Woods (MFA painting, 2015), who cross the boundaries of artistic media—painting, printmaking and digital practices—in vastly different ways. Alumna Cory Imig (BFA fibers, 2008) presents two installation of balloons, tape and string, made specifically for Gutstein Gallery, and designed to change over the course of the exhibition.
The exhibition is curated by Amanda York, assistant curator of SCAD exhibitions.