Join the artists for the opening reception Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 5-8 p.m.
New in the Common Space Gallery, Organized Chaos, features mixed media works by member-artists Carol Brown and Louis Trujillo. Carol’s works are born out of a chaotic process of printmaking, cutting and reorganizing her patterns. Exploring the chaos of Alzheimer’s disease, Louis’ mixed-media installation is composed of paper forget-me-nots and honors his grandfather and great grandmother.
A fiber artist for more than 25 years, Carol was often commissioned to create works. “I didn’t have or take time to just be spontaneous,” she says. Her more recent foray into printmaking uses many of the same skills. “Color comes naturally to me,” she says. “I just start painting…the more loosely I work, the more I like the results.” Carol’s mixed media works are monotypes printed on Japanese paper, then cut up and reassembled. Carol discovered Art Gym when she attended a fiber art exhibit two years ago with fellow artist Jason Pollen. Because she lives nearby, Art Gym provided a more convenient place for her to come and work.
Louis wasn’t close to his great grandmother growing up but saw her weekly near the end of her life and remembers having to explain their relationship to her at every visit. So, when his grandfather started showing signs of dementia, he was devastated. “He’s where I got my creative side,” Louis says. Hundreds of paper flowers in his installation depict him with these grandparents. The rust and patina flowers represent decay from the disease. Louis, a 2011 graduate of Metropolitan State University, learned sculpture as part of his drawing classes and fell in love with it. His classes taught him composition and color, which he now applies to a larger, 3D format. “The installation is my favorite part of the process,” he says. “That’s when the artwork comes to life.”