“It is through this communication whether visual or conversational that we grow as a person. This is what the museum seeks to do for the citizens of Fayetteville,” explained Tom Grubb, executive director of the Fayetteville Museum of Art. He was referencing the premiere parties celebrating each changing exhibit that the museum hosts free of charge to any art lover who wishes to join them.
    The Fayetteville Museum of Art’s latest exhibit, Forsaken: Edifice & Landscape brings together three different artists who communicate a singular theme in stunning ways. The exhibit features artists’ Joyce Fillip, Rachel Herrick and Rudy Rudisill as they explore themes of abandonment through rich textures from architecture and nature.
Joyce Fillip studies waterspouts, earthquakes, tornadoes, tidal waves and waterfalls, all of which suggest the awesome majestic power and force of nature. They communicate energy, uncertainty, threat, tension and fear. As Fillip translates these forces of nature to paper and into art, the images become “read as metaphors for psychological states of mind.” The large scale of her drawing and their dramatic contrasts of dark and light reinforce the galvanic impact of nature that inspired the work.
    Rachel Herrick’s mixed-media work focuses on cultural landscapes and communication or lack contained therein. Her antiquated look at towns forgotten strikes any person who laments the convenience of the modern life, and finds that the convenience somehow has stripped society of its simplicity. Her muted tones of forlorn townscapes remind in an eerie way what modern society has forsaken and abandoned. This sense of seclusion but idealized past might be an indication of where the artist calls home — the isolated winters and picturesque summers of Maine.
    {mosimage}The only sculpturist featured in the exhibit, Rudy Rudisill also communicates forgotten townscapes, but addresses each forgotten shed, barn and house with his detailed galvanized steel and copper. He brushes each with acid for a corrosive effect that is quite effectual. Born in Gastonia, N.C., Rudisill conjures a building lost and abandoned, excavating it from memory. The work is simultaneously contemporary and traditional, industrial and pastoral as Rudisill explores the relationship of physical elements to their symbolic implications. By bringing together various textures and architectonic forms, personal, cultural and historical elements bind together in and homage to the changing landscape. In the artist’s own words, he feels his pieces are homage to the “vague overtures to the psychosexual ramifications of good bourbon and long drives in the country.” In addition, his pieces offer a unique sense of science fiction to the viewer by “freezing time, each image - specific to itself - a fragment of the continuum of production. Light scatters, gathers, darkness comes and goes. Eyesight, hindsight, blind sight, upside down banana.”
    The premiere party is on July 18, from 6-8 p.m., and will feature the live band Suncoup from Chapel Hill. The duo’s atmospheric fuse of Shoegaze and Indie Rock is a perfect addition to the subject matter at hand — the lonely and turbulent and altogether beautiful world of abandonment. Get a sneak preview of their delicate rock at www.Myspace.com/Suncoup. Should you miss the chance to expand your horizons on  the 18th, the exhibit will be showcased until September 7, free of charge. For more information call the Museum of Art at 910-485-5121 or visit the Web site at www.FayettevilleMuseumArt.org.
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