Forms of Abstraction
works by Foozhan Kashkooli, Matt Horick, and Janice Mueller
Center for the Arts | Dalton Gallery
121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC
Jan. 6 - Feb. 12, 2017
Thurs., Jan. 19, 2017
Foozhan Kashkooli’s inspiration for this series came from music, landscape, and the evocation of old memories. In each painting, Kashkooli worked to capture the rhythmical structure of her emotions through composition of form, shape, and color. By incorporating sculptural relief elements to her work, she also adds another dimension to the experience of the viewer’s interpretation of painting.
Foozhan received her B.A. from Queens University of Charlotte with emphasis on painting and printmaking and her M.F.A. degree in Studio Art from Winthrop University with a focus on painting, drawing and metal sculpture. As an artist, she has worked with many different mediums including Metal Sculpture, Intaglio, Film photography, drawing and painting. Foozhan’s current work is mainly focused on mixing large scale paintings with metal, wood or installation in an abstract style. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
Kashkooli’s works were selected for exhibition on the the 2016 ArtPop billboards in association with the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte, and she participated in the Skyline Artist Residency at the Goodyear Building in Uptown Charlotte. Foozhan’s works have exhibited in the Patrick, McLaurin, and Lewandowski Student Galleries at Winthrop University, in the Loading Dock Gallery at the Gettys Art Center, at Hart Witzen Gallery in Charlotte, and at the Elder Gallery in the Carolina’s Got Art, Salon 2015 Competition. | www.foozhan.weebly.com
Tectonic Series | All of Matt Horick’s forms begin as circles or ellipses cut from sheet steel using a jigsaw. The shapes are then bent and molded to become warped cylinders. This idea of folding and rolling simple circles into voluminous, geometrically complex yet simple forms is the central concept of this work. It is very important, to Horick, that the circular faces remain bent in only one direction so as not to stretch or distort the circle. The forms are shaped with regards to the “limitation” of the material just as paper can be folded or rolled but not stretched. The relation of the object to the plinth is an ongoing consideration in his work as well, using proportion, tension and color to bridge the two.
Matt Horick attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. His works have been exhibited in solo and group shows including “The Art of Thinking.” at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, “Transformations” at the Sumter County Gallery of Art, “Tilt::Bend” at Artistry at Taylor’s Mill in Taylors, South Carolina, Artfields in Lake City, South Carolina, at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and in the Edmund Lewandowski Classroom Gallery at the Center for the Arts in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He was a summer affiliate artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in 2016, and he recently completed a commission, “From Textile to Technology” for Fountain Park Place by Comporium Communications. | www.matthorick.com
Symbols that have been with us since before the advent of organized civilization: spirals, grids, triangles, captivate me. There is no way to know what these symbols meant thousands of years ago; the passage of time has left eons covering meaning.
The engineering and scientific feats of peoples thousands of years ago fill me with respect. 12,000 years ago the builders of a burial site in Newgrange, Ireland, were able to judge when the sun would light up a chamber for 12 minutes on the 21st of December, the winter solstice, celebrating the symbolic rebirth of nature. That wondrous event still happens every year.
For Janice Mueller, the color symbolizes the years and centuries, indeed, millennia, hiding the original meaning of those symbols. she scratches and scrapes through the layers of color exposing just small parts of whatever is beneath. She cannot understand it. She savors the mystery.
The works are heavily textured urging the viewer to reach out and touch the paintings. To establish physical contact makes the experience real.
As science and art move onward toward the future, looking back and honoring our beginnings utilizing the modest tools of my craft seems a good thing to do. Recent interest has taken Mueller, and her art, beyond the confines of our gravitation pull. It seems appropriate. But she feels the technological pull of the 21st century and expect that the future will bring further developments as she moves her traditional medium toward newer and untested media.
Janice Mueller began serious study of art at the Staedel Abend Schule, in Frankfurt am Main, in 1979. She continued her studies at the Wiesbadener Kunstschule in Wiesbaden, Germany from 1983 until 1985. Upon returning to the United States she completed her BFA at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI in 1989. After graduation she re-located to Corpus Christi, Texas, with her family. While there she exhibited extensively. In 1993, Janice moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1999, she completed her MFA at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina where she was invited to remain and teach. In 2004 Janice received the North Carolina Arts Fellowship for an Artist’s Residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. She lives and paints in Charlotte, North Carolina. | www.janicewmueller.com
Catawba River Art Guild
January 6 - February 12, 2017