It has often been said that Art Curators are simply frustrated artists. Been there. Felt that. Got the t-shirt, coffee mug and tote bag! Danielle Krysa of The Jealous Curator blog would agree. On the other hand, Megan McNaught might not.
McNaught is the Curator of The Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance (Macon, Georgia). She has access to a list of more than 200 regional artists for exhibitions. And submissions keep pouring in. A prolific artist in her own right, McNaught has no cause for ‘jealousy’ or frustration.’ Rather she welcomes other artists to collaborate with her in the creative process.
She writes in her artist statement: “Collaborating for me has been a…creative springboard to new and exciting work. Starting an image and handing it off to be finished, or being given an image to finish is intimidating, daunting and requires brave actions…expanding a creative process beyond oneself.”
A wonderful juxtaposition of artistic styles occur when McNaught collaborates with artist Luke Buffenmyer. Whereas McNaught work is a deliberate use of restrictions and rules, Buffenmyer’s allegorical images are a collection of memories and emotions.
Work by Luke Buffenmyer, Image Credit: mga.edu
Work by Luke Buffenmyer Image Credit: ovations365.com
Collaboration work by Megan McNaught Image Credit meganmcnaught.blogspot.com
Agglomeration by McNaught and Buffenmyer Image Credit meganmcnaught.blogspot.com
“Hey! This one looks like its in 3-D.” This comment by a fellow museum visitor piqued my curiosity while viewing Emerging Artists (Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia). Optical art was not among the contemporary work. Missing were strategically placed lighting effects. Yet Michael Ross’ canvases were aglow with activity, color and light.
Michael Ross in Studio. Image Credit: michaelrossart.com
Waxwing in New Forest image from Emerging Artists (Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia)
Elecampane image from Emerging Artists (Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia)
Image from Emerging Artists exhibit Museum of Arts and Sciences (Macon, Georgia)
‘The figures in my paintings are on the move. They exist in transient flux but have a sense of mission: a decision is looming, an obstacle lies ahead that will leave them changed…Like a film director, I want to create worlds [that] must feel real and lived, if heightened and cinematic. ‘
Despite all this drama, it was Ross’s quiet lush landscapes that kept me captivated at the exhibition. His oil painting Waxwing in a New Forest simmers with the thick humidity of the South. The transplanted Marylander has embraced his new home “with all its beauty and tragedy.”
In her bio Ester Lipscomb describes herself as “a studio potter working in northeast Georgia.” A humble understatement from such a sophisticated ceramicist!
Ester Lipscomb in Studio. Credit: esterlipscomb.com
Emerging Artists exhibit, Museum of Arts and Sciences (Macon, Georgia US)
Perhaps having a close connection to the earth, or owning a pet dog named Loretta Lynn is what grounds this dynamic artist.
Lipscomb muses “Living in these beautiful mountains gives me the opportunity to enjoy the daily flow of nature and the seasons. I am inspired to create objects that I hope are part of the landscape.” True to their maker’s sensibilities her work has a natural ebb and flow taking on bulbous organic forms.
I was recently introduced to Lipscomb’s work at the Emerging Artists exhibit – Museum of Arts and Sciences (Macon, Georgia). This annual event features 7 contemporary artists from around the Southeast whose work is of exceptional caliber. Over the next few weeks, I’ll spotlight their art.