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October 23, 2012 > Convergence & Divergence: Two Artists Look at Memories

Convergence & Divergence: Two Artists Look at Memories

Submitted By Sun Gallery

In the exhibit Convergence & Divergence, Leah Virsik and Deborah Griffin bring together their distinct and individual imagery and in the juxtaposition discover areas that overlap in textures, shapes, colors, and the medium of collage. The works diverge in elements of realism and abstraction and medium. Virsik uses three dimensional sculpture and the book arts, and Griffin composes digital imagery and archetypal characters in surrealistic environments. You will observe found materials and deliberately upcycled items in Virsik's work, yet both use vintage materials, personal mementos, and ephemera to create their vision. The exhibit has an overall continuity and invites the viewer's participation in seeking the likenesses and differences as the artists examine memory and its underlying influence on their artistic creations.

Griffin says, "I consider myself an artist and a storyteller, and attempt to combine the two into a visual narrative. I incorporate one of the oldest artist's materials (encaustic) with some of the most recent (digital collage). The evocative surface texture combined with the vintage ephemera and my own photography of farm life and country landscape creates an image-story that hopefully resonates with those places of soul and history in everyone.

"In addition, I use ephemera from the past and photographic elements both vintage and specifically taken for a project. With those elements I repurpose and reposition the people, places, and things to tell a new story, to fashion a new narrative that explores archetypal characters and ideas utilizing a digital workflow as part of the process. The end result, whether an original digital print or an image manipulated then printed for inclusion in a collage or encaustic work, originates from my photography and becomes the form most appropriate for expressing my ideas."

Virsik says, "As I create a work, I'm attempting to uncover a stifled sound, to visually express what I cannot articulate. I collage using found and painted papers and they either come together as a finished work or they diverge into something new and unexpected like my paper stacks. These works include my own torn journal entries that I use as a way of making more meaningful and personal work. The act of tearing my written words and giving them new life reduces their preciousness and infuses my memories into what I create. My life and art converge as the paper stacks mirror the piles of paper in my office. Yet these pieces show commitment and a focused effort of connecting seemingly disparate fragments to create pieces larger than myself. Through this work, I gain a greater understanding of myself."

The Opening Reception will be held Saturday, November 3 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. in conjunction with the Dia de los Muertos exhibit reception.

Convergence & Divergence: Two Artists Look at Memories
Oct 10 - Nov 10
Wednesday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Opening Reception
November 3
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

The Ken Cook Gallery
Sun Gallery
1015 E Street, Hayward
(510) 581-4050
www.sungallery.org
www.deborahgriffin.com
www.leahvirsik.com

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