Story and Photos by Tony Wong Palms
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On Display at DFAC
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Through December 22
Dunedin Fine Art Center
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While attending a Ry McCullough presentation at Dunedin Fine Art Center, I realized that these are the final days to see their autumn 2022 exhibitions, if you have not already – and no harm to see it again, like listening to a good piece of music.
Every one a delightful visual feast, and thoughtful curation, with the theme of architecture threaded through.
In the Entel Family Gallery is We Built This City, which, for people of a certain age, brings to mind Grace Slick singing a song of the same name, which is somewhat appropriate as the curator Catherine Bergmann writes in the exhibition intro panel. . .
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We Built This City reflects upon the connection between
Architecture and Music – conceptually, loosely, physically–poetically.
It is my hope you experience this exhibition as you would
a song or a poem. That the works invite contemplation
and you feel the visual bass line that runs throughout.”
Each with an accomplished résumé, and together in this exhibition like Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, a mixture of backgrounds, styles, imagery, materials, scale, texture. . .
In the Douglas-Whitley Gallery is Rust to Rust: Janos Enyedi and the Architecture of Industry, curated by Nathan Beard.
An overview of meticulously crafted vignettes of industrial landscapes across the many media Janos Enyedi obviously excelled in – paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography and wall reliefs that fool the eye and mind with their materials and trompe-l’oeil surfaces.
Enyedi exhibited internationally and served as Ad Hoc Cultural Representative to Ukraine in 2007 as part of the United States State Department’s “Art in Embassies” program.
Janos Enyedi died shortly after moving his studio from Virginia, where he practiced for 25 years, to St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District in 2011.
And in the Gamble Family Gallery is Carol Sackman + Blake White: The Mosaic House of Dunedin.
Entering the world of mosaic – colorful, sculptural, textural – that simulates exploring “the enchanted world of homegrown visionaries, Carol Sackman and Blake White whose Dunedin home is an epic Mosaic Wonderland – 20 plus years in the making!”
The objects are from their Dunedin home. The eyes will dart everywhere at once attempting to absorb the wildness, the whimsy of every object, sculpture and wall work, with every surface and crevice considered.
DFAC’s website contains more information on these shows and exhibitions in their other galleries – the Kokolakis Family Youth Gallery, the 2nd Floor Teaching Gallery, the Syd Entel Founders Hall and the Meta B. Brown & Rossi Galleries.
And there’s DFAC’s Palm Cafe for an interlude between all these galleries.
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