The latest exhibition at the Hidell Brooks Gallery features the latest works Page Davis, Rick Beck and Charles Walker, and opened on Friday, May 4th and we were lucky enough to make it to both opening night and back again the on Saturday to get some more photos of the show.
One of the highlights of attending the opening, was the opportunity to meet and talk with artist Rick Beck. Since we had the artist all to ourselves, we had the chance to ask him a few questions about his work and inspiration. So I’ve included our ‘mini’ interview with Rick in this post. He also posed for a picture!
Rick Beck | Base Form
What do you love most about creating your pieces?
I love shape and form. The thin and thickness of the spoons. They are some of the favorite things I’ve done because of their simplicity. If you look at my other work there are specific shapes and forms to my pieces. Circles, triangles, landscapes to the human forms.
What inspired you to create the spoons for this exhibition?
I was inspired by the curator of The Gregg Museum of Art & Design to create the spoons because she (Charlotte Brown) said I only worked with man tools… there were no spoons, forks, spatulas so I knew I had to create them right away.
How did you create the veins/marks in the spoons?
The glass merged together to create the veins and marks in the glass. I use found objects that have been discarded. The colors I used are all the colors I currently have in my studio.
Tell me about the process of creating the spoons?
Cast in clay (both side) create a well around the spoon shape, pour the glass and it goes to the kiln.
Page Davis | A Natural State of Being
Page Davis was born in Atlanta and now resides in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She recently received her MA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Page is a full time artist working in her downtown studio. Her abstract paintings were exhibited in a group exhibition entitled siblings at the Spartanburg Museum of Art last Fall. Page’s color saturation and her compositions are spot on. Her paintings are bursting with color and form.
Charles Walker | Wouldn’t It Be Nice
Charles Walker received his BA in Art from Wake Forest University and his MFA in Studio Arts at University of Georgia. “My work is primarily interested in some of the more intangible aspects of the human experience – mood, tone, and the atmospheric nature of how we as humans perceive the world. I don’t look to art to tell a story, to take up issues – whether social or political. All i look to art to do is to simply exist and in so existing to express something in the simplest and most direct manner possible. – Hidell Brooks
If you’d like to see the exhibition for yourself, it will be on view at the Hidell Brooks through June 30th.