PYRO Gallery presents: THE CHANGING LAND by Corie Neumayer
“Sixteen of the seventeen hottest years on record have occurred since 2000”
— National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
Opening Reception on Friday, June 2 from 6-9 pm (Republic Bank First Friday/Trolley Hop)
Show Dates: June 1 – July 15, 2017
Additional First Friday Trolley Hop- July 7th, 6-9 pm
Corie Neumayer’s paintings reflect landscapes being rapidly damaged by excessive heat, rain, cold, melting ice, or drought. The paintings are primarily done with latex acrylic and applied with rollers, brushes, old credit cards, and … her fingers. This kind of paint spreads quickly and fluidly … like the landscape. The drips, splatters, fingerprints, and random marks here are intended, unlike the carelessness afflicting the land.
She has tried to show the earth as it once was, and still remains, but for how long? Images of flood, drought, fire, blizzard, warming acidic oceans, and crop failure are all destroying the earth. Bits of hope also appear in the paintings, along with new growth and faith in the possibility of positive change.
Guest Artist — Matt Gaddie
Matt Gaddie built his ceramic studio and kiln complex on the 315-acre family farm near Bardstown, Kentucky, where he was raised. The work ethic and rhythm from those days is evident in the large-scale wood-fired ceramic vessels that subtly continue traditional southern pottery.
Each piece is unique; each tells its own story of creation. This is a human tale of struggle, success, of failure, imperfection, and hope. A contemporary use of ancient medium slows us down for a moment to catch a glimpse of dark soils, view large open skies, and connect with the earth.