New art exhibit is interesting clash of motion, still lines
Art by Krystle Cole and Gregory Folken on display through Aug. 5
Gregory Folken’s “A Long Road” is part of his art technique which works in a subtractive manner by wiping into a solid rectangle of ink with paper towels, cotton swabs and even his fingertips. Lines and forms are created by shaping the space around them
A new art exhibit at the Derby Public Library – Art Unleashed – is a mixture of works showing motion and line art which slows down the eye.
Art Un-leashed is a show by area artists Krystle Cole and Gregory Folken that remains open for public viewing through Aug. 5. This will be Cole and Folken’s first show at the library.
A public reception will be held June 15 in the community room at the library from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Fruit, cheese, crackers and wine will be served. In addition, one lucky person will win art at the end of the reception.
Cole is an internationally exhibited artist. Her work includes acrylic mandala paintings and computer generated fractal art. She utilizes mandala art and fractal art to visually describe her perspective regarding spirituality, consciousness, and altered state practices.
Historically, mandala art is associated with the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions. In Sanskrit, the word mandala means circle. In this context, mandalas are often used for focusing attention, as spiritual teaching tools, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and consciousness exploration.
On the other hand, fractals are abstract patterns that repeat at any level of magnification. Fractal art is created with computer programs that graphically represent fractal mathematics. It especially interests Cole that fractals are integrated throughout nature. Some examples are clouds, the leaves on trees, river networks, lightning bolts, snowflakes and even heart rates.
Folken works in a subtractive manner by wiping into a solid rectangle of ink with paper towels, cotton swabs and even his fingertips. Lines and forms are created by shaping the space around them. Although his imagery is based on real people, locations and events, he also incorporates into his work the two-dimensional reality of the surface of the plate. Composition, contrast and the inherent qualities of the ink are manipulated to achieve the image.
Opening reception: Saturday, June 15, 5:30 – 7 p.m. Fruit, cheese, snacks and wine will be served.