Carver Hill Gallery is pleased to announce our opening show for the 2014 season. On First Friday, May 2, from 5 – 8 PM we will open our doors for a fantastic 2014 – bringing you work from near and far this season. We start with the incredible Maine husband and wife team J. Fred Woell and Patricia Wheeler, presenting “Balance Point.” The title is the place where two creative people find harmony together; recalibrating their own personal journeys to find connection.
The work in this show speaks of Fred’s sometimes humorous response to a world obsessed with consumption and the problems it leaves us with, the politics of politics, power and domination, and the absurdity of some of our idols – including monarchies. Patricia’s work touches on less specific ideas. She is more inclined to tell a personal story, enveloped in an ancient spiritual practice or ideal.
J. Fred Woell “The Late, Great, Disposable Society” Mixed Media Assemblage 8″ x 8″ x 1 1/2″
From Patricia: “Through painting, I explore concepts of human interaction with the earth. My search is spiritual. I wish to regain connection to the natural world using the language of reciprocity, mining collective stories to inform my work.”
From Fred: “My work is about striving and survival. The pieces and parts I fuse into the assemblages add up to stories about what we live by and what we disregard in our wake towards achieving pleasure and fulfilling goals. Working with found objects is interesting because they have no intrinsic value. If you’re working on gold or diamonds or precious stones, they already have intrinsic value because you’ve paid a hundred bucks [or more]for a stone – that creates a wedge in terms of how free you’re going to be and how you’re going to use them.”
J. Fred Woell is considered to be the first in the jewelry field to use found objects as social commentary. Fred has inspired generations of students through positions at Boston University , Swain School of Design, Haystack and SUNY/New Paltz – many of whom acknowledge Fred as their most influential mentor. His impressive skill as a craftsman and the level of care in the execution of his pieces takes his work to a level of serious fine art. Often fabricating his own fasteners (rivets, nails, hanging apparatus), Fred’s work equally awes those attracted to the engineering and mechanical aspect of the pieces as well as those more focused on the strong social message.
Patricia Wheeler is a multimedia artist who focuses on community and connections,
the collective stories, traits, and ghosts we carry as a society. In her work she explores the intersections between language and image searching for insight into the human story.
Patricia Wheeler “Quietude” Mixed Media and Cold Wax 48″ x 48″ x 3″
J Fred Woell holds Master of Fine arts Degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Cranbrook Academy. Several of his works are in the permanent collections of the American Craft Museum and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. He is noted as one of the top 50 American artistic cultural contributors of his generation.
Patricia Wheeler exhibits widely throughout the U.S. and teaches regularly at The Oregon College of Art & Crafts and The Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. Pat has also taught at the Peninsula Art School in Wisconsin, The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Penland School of Crafts, Vermont College, and many more. She has been selected for numerous artist residencies. Pat graduated from Rutgers University with high honors in studio art.
Show runs through June 3, 2014.