ARTicles Art Gallery
1445 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, FL – ARTicles Art Gallery presents SURFACE TENSION: new work by Nathan Beard and Nin McQuillen in conjunction with St Pete’s 2nd Saturday ArtWalk in partnership with Keep St Pete Local.
Nathan Beard’s new series of pastels on paper, Pond’s Edge, depicts the commingling of water and plant life by contrasting celebratory gestures with a soothing color palette. Nin McQuillen’s intimately scaled sculptures are a synthesis of line, shape and surface that evoke the harmony of standing stones and totems. With these bodies of work, both artists explore new media in pursuit of beauty.
Sawgrass Lake Park is one of Beard’s favorite places for inspiration and the impetus for the Pond’s Edge series. Exploring the outdoors with his family, he was first struck by the native oasis because of its breathtaking vistas and fantastic array of wildlife. Through his drawing studies, he began to make the visual similarities between this primordial swamp and other essential networks, such as a vascular system, the roots and branches of a tree, and a river’s tributaries and delta—all vastly different in scale, but all transmitters of energy.
“When creating these drawings, the complex nature of water, and our equally complex relationship with it, is always present on my mind. I intend to create peaceful, meditative pieces that formally focus upon the interaction of surface and depth, plant-life and cast shadows, the seen and the unseen.”
Nathan Beard was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University in 2001 and then worked in galleries and as an Art Consultant in Denver, CO for seven years. He grew up on a dairy farm in western New York. Prior to his university studies, Nathan lived in Egypt for one year as an exchange student and, upon his return, worked as a cowboy in Wyoming for two years. He relocated to St Petersburg in 2010 and has subsequently had numerous exhibitions in the Tampa Bay area.
McQuillen’s current series of sculptures begin with dense, solid aluminum block and rod, found and salvaged, marked by years of weathering. Close examination reveals more than monochrome metal assemblages. The hand-sanded and polished surfaces display a variety of luminous tones, from gentle planar gradations to highly reflective accents.
He ascribes his design style to Louise Nevelson, whose large, monochromatic sculptures began getting national press as early as the late 50s, and later seeing the artwork of Henry Moore and Joseph Cornell in magazines and museums.
Nin McQuillen grew up in St Petersburg and earned a BS in Broadcasting from the University of Florida. He spent 1972 studying theatre and art history in London, followed by extensive travel to art museums throughout Europe. Varied careers in broadcasting, advertising, teaching and mental health all served as investigations in human behavior, which continue to inform his 40 years of exploration in art-making.
SURFACE TENSION celebrates the recent breakthroughs for two significant gallery mainstays and established figures in the St Petersburg arts community. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on August 8th, 6-9 pm. This powerful work will be on view through October 3rd, 2015. For more information, contact the gallery at 727-898-6061. High resolution images are available upon request.
All images from the Pond’s Edge series, pastel on paper, 30 x 22″, 2015
2. Sunset, aluminum and bronze, 2015
3. Dead Sea Scrolls, aluminum, 2015
4. Armitage, aluminum, 2015
5. Two Moons Walking, aluminum, 2015
7. 1901, aluminum, brass, bronze, paper, thread, 2015
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