Current Exhibition

Annual Print Show

February 5 – 28, 2015

David Johnson, "Homage to George Orwell"

 

In what has become an annual affair, Gordy Fine Art & Framing will exhibit the work of local printmakers for the month of February 2015. Veteran printmaker, David Johnson, an art professor at Ball State University, will exhibit alongside former student and GFAF represented artist, Corey Hagelberg. Johnson has chosen two current students to join them as well: Erin McAtee and Riles Kyuubi.

Widely recognized for his colorful impressions of animals, Johnson is a long-time fan of life-drawing and subsequently an avid County Fair goer. He cites “the long line of a horse’s back,” “the funny positions of sleeping pigs,” and “the fluid lines of goats and sheep,” as “great opportunities for your pencil to roam and coast rhythmically.” Where one might be content with the drawings as final works of art, Johnson appreciates the ability of printmaking to democratize the fragility and impermanence of drawing. Both the etching and woodcut processes lend his images a richness and strength respectively that can be difficult to achieve otherwise.

Hagelberg graduated from BSU in 2006 with his BFA in Sculpture, In 2008, he co-founded a playground construction company that allowed him to build hundreds of playgrounds while traveling to 30 different states as well as Guam. Two years later, he returned to BSU for grad school and received his Masters of Art in Printmaking. Upon graduation, he purchased property in the Miller Beach community of his hometown, Gary, IN. A life spent growing up in the Indiana Dunes State Park and his mission to restore glory to the area both culturally and environmentally provide much of the content for his woodcuts. In addition to raising awareness about local environmental issues with his artwork, he serves as a board member for Miller Beach Arts & Creative District and co-founded the Calumet Artist Residency to enrich the community and provide resources for other working artists.

A reception for the artists will be held First Thursday, February 5th, 2015, from 5 to 8 PM at the downtown gallery. Artists will be on hand and a short talk will be given at 6:15 PM. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend. Gordy Fine Art & Framing is located at 224 East Main Street. For more information, including a list of exhibiting artists, visit us on Facebook, or call (765)284-8422