The colourful works of pals Haper and Sousa mirror their playfulness
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Searching for a bit visible pleasure within the midst of these chilly, grey winter days? Contemplate “Acceptable All the pieces,” an exhibition of jubilant blended media works by John Sousa and Darren Haper, and the whimsical sculptures by Barry Gunderson – all on show in Bexley’s Artwork Entry gallery.
Sousa and Haper, pals who’ve studios within the Dayton space, individually created work with textured white backgrounds, colour splashes, and glued results. However wait, now and again one artist stepped in on the opposite’s work and added a contact of paint right here, or a scribble there.
Their artists ‘assertion builds on the theme of’ making all of it their very own ‘, recognizing that’ nice artists steal ‘and that’ not solely do artists fly the web (the place everybody has raised photos for these works), however in addition they steal from one another ”.
“We favor to name what we’re doing a collusion moderately than a collaboration,” Haper stated. “We aren’t engaged on the identical piece.”
Though the blended media works of Haper and Sousa are related in idea and elegance, they’re distinctive to every artist and simple to find out who owns as they’re hung subsequent to one another within the gallery.
Harper’s “Zombie Flowers” - there are 9 of them – function vases within the form of skulls or fish full of an anarchy of colourful flowers.
In Haper’s “The place Mischief Lies”, the massive white background hosts playful colour spots and pictures: a lobster, a blinking smiley, a ghost, a pinwheel. The pictures, he stated, are helpful, drawn from popular culture, artwork historical past, and reminiscences of his childhood.
In the same development “He mounted a horse in my head”, a unicorn is seen coming into on the left facet of the work whereas the rear of a horse exits from the correct. (There are a couple of “untitled” works on this exhibit, however you must like artists who’ve a lot enjoyable with most of their titles.)
Towards a background of inflated white numbers in Sousa’s “Unmarked Helicopter” are two grey helicopters, an alien spaceship, and some small pops of rainbow colours, in all probability added by Haper.
Sousa’s “Nerds”, one in every of his smaller works, incorporates the sweet wrapper and characters.
Sousa’s “I Want Recommendation” is titled within the higher left half of the work, with “No matter, I Already Completed the Silly Factor” just under. Within the decrease proper, there’s a crowd of colourful rubber geese.
Sousa stated he seen his artwork and that of Haper as “new methods of portray”.
“The entire course of that we have been by is letting the opposite individual use one thing of our strategies,” he stated.
The show of the work of those clever artists is complemented by equally enjoyable sculptures by Barry Gunderson, who has taught sculpture at Kenyon Faculty since 1974.
Gunderson’s works – painted wooden, welded aluminum – seize individuals and creatures, generally in essentially the most unlikely of mixtures.
In “Chicken and Some,” the host black hen stands above seven human figures, all of various colours and in numerous states of collapse. The puny titles proceed in “Maintain and On” during which a blue hen with silver legs carries a human determine on its again, inclined and legs stretched out.
Within the middle of the gallery is B. Gruff # 2 – a sculpture, after all, of a goat, standing on lengthy white legs. It appears to ask viewers to take part on this exhibition of creativity, talent and quirky enjoyable.
In a single look
“Make It All Personal: John Sousa and Darren Haper” and Barry Gunderson’s sculptures run by April 1 on the Artwork Entry Gallery, 540 S. Drexel Ave., Bexley. Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 11 a.m. to three p.m. Saturday and by appointment. Name 614-338-8325 or go to artaccessgallery.com.