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JANUARY 2020

FloArts presents painting exhibit “Collective Ground: Breaking Illusion”

'nyle' by Charles Hedrick
'olivia' by Charles Hedrick

by Penny Powell

The Florida School of the Arts (FloArts) will present the exhibition “Collective Ground: Breaking Illusion,” paintings by Gainesville-based artists Logan Marconi, and Charles Hedrick and Benjamin Ingle, who studied under Marconi. According to FloArts gallery coordinator Sarah Alexander, “This show is interesting in that the artists were in the classroom setting together. The show's subject matter is landscape as a metaphor; each artist uses landscape to convey meaning as explained in the artists’ statements below.”

“Collective Ground,” which is free and open to the public, opens with a reception on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. at FloArts’ Fine Arts Gallery located at the Palatka campus of St. Johns River State College (SJR State). The paintings will be on display through February 27. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Marconi states that his “work reflects on the loss of spiritual connection with the land and the deep impulse to reconnect. His primary focus is on the contemplative significance of landscape imagery as a metaphor for human relationships with the divine, particularly as the landscape is understood as being sacred. Through a combination of symbolic landscape elements, illumination, and a strong material presence, the work suggests that both the physical and spiritual worlds are equally palpable."

Hedrick explains that his “paintings address the strangeness of visual translation that occurs through memory and its relationship to the real world through representation. Technology and the ubiquity of images are reshaping the way in which we see and remember, distorting reality and our histories into a jumbled mixture of digital images and shared experience that is both more informed but also opens our experience to varying levels of distortion. These works are an attempt to interpret this distortion.”

Extensions of Ingle’s emotive experiences are expressed through his paintings. Ingle has taught art classes, including printmaking, drawing and 2D design at the University of Florida, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and has won awards for his work.

Florida School of the Arts, which serves the entire state of Florida, is part of the academic and administrative structure of SJR State and awards associate degrees in acting, dance performance, musical theater, stage management, theater technology, graphic design/new media and studio art. For more information, call (386) 312-4300 or visit floarts.org.




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The Florida School of the Arts presents “Collective Ground: Breaking Illusion,” paintings by Gainesville-based artists Logan Marconi, Charles Hedrick and Benjamin Ingle. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, opens with a reception on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. The paintings will be on display through February 27, and gallery hours are Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

"nyle" by Charles Hedrick

"olivia" by Charles Hedrick


 

 

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