DALLAS, Pennsylvania – The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery at Misericordia University is hosting the exhibition, “Not a Fish,” by John Mitchell. The adjacent MacDonald Art Gallery simultaneously is presenting the exhibit, “Photo Extractions: Places and Things,’’ by Jacqueline Evans. The exhibits begin Oct. 10 with a free opening reception from 5-8 p.m. They run through Dec. 12.
Mitchell’s work combines imagistic, representational still life and the suggestion of landscape through compositional orientation, horizontal tendency and varying degrees of representational imagery, according to a press release from Misericordia spokesperson Paul Kryzwicki.
“Moving between these two motifs within the paintings leads to a compounding expansion of these oscillating suggestions of space and time,” Mitchell said. “The viewer must orient himself and dwell upon his own small finite place in space and time.”
Mitchell employs the assemblage form, adding three-dimensional objects emanating out of or extending from the work to accomplish the desired effect.
Earlier this year, Mitchell participated in a two-person show along with Thomas Pontone at Space 1026 in Philadelphia. His work has been a part of numerous group exhibitions over the last several years. More information on the artist as well as examples of his work can be found at www.johnjosephmitchell.com.
Evans is a fine arts photographer based in Northeast Pennsylvania. “By skewing shapes and tilting perception into an optical illusion, an image can become ambiguous in the perceptual experience,’’ Evans said. “I enjoy embracing these factors, utilizing them to draw the viewer into an image, asking for exploration.”
The Mitchell exhibit is funded, in part, by the Sandra Dyczewski Maffei Endowment.
The gallery is closed on Mondays and for all university holidays. For more information about the Pauly Friedman Art Gallery and the gallery hours, see www.misericordia.edu/art or call 570-674-6250.
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