MARK² by Mark Chatterley & Mark Mehaffey
Exhibition sponsored by: Don LeDuc & Susan Coley
May 4 – June 27, 2017
Reception: May 12, 6 – 8 PM
Member Exclusive Insider Series | MARK² Artist Talk prior to the reception at 5:30 PM
Chatterley has over thirty years experience in Figurative Sculpture, he is a Nationally and Internationally recognized artist. Chatterley describes his process as:
Everything is either moving toward or away from nothingness. Life, death, creation and destruction, this is the world I find myself in. I want my art to echo these thoughts. Everything in a state of flux, changing and reforming. A sense of decay along with life. Nothing is permanent and nothing stays the same. I also try to show thoughts and feelings of the human condition. Beauty in the malformed, acceptance of the inevitable. I am doing work of our time for our time, even though I look to the past, the dead, for inspiration.
Mehaffey is an Internationally recognized and award winning artist. Mehaffey has been painting for over fifty-five years and works in abstraction, landscapes and water media. Mehaffey describes his process as:
I’ve been drawing and painting my whole life. I started painting with watercolor at the age of 10 and never stopped. My parents and my early teachers encouraged me to paint, I suspect to keep me out of trouble. It worked….more or less.
Some of my earliest memories include trying to match the colors I saw while using a child’s set of watercolors. Hours were spent in this endeavor. After 55 years of painting I’m now more inclined to paint the colors I feel than the colors I see. Paintings always take on a life of their own. Sometimes a work requires a studied design approach, making a plan and following that plan, at other times a more intuitive visceral approach is called for. I let the idea and content of my work dictate the materials and techniques used….not the other way around. Other ideas dictate an exploration of surface and textures, relying on the initial concept and intuition to bring the work to a conclusion.
Above all I value creativity and honesty. And although I follow many paths and speak with more than one voice, I am on my own journey. I have two wishes…one is to live a few more hundred years, for I shall never have enough time to paint all the ideas in my head. Probably won’t see that wish granted. That second wish? That somewhere along my journey I will communicate with fellow travelers who will see something of what I see and feel something of what I feel…
May 4, 2017 - June 27, 2017
Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Location: 119 N. Washington Sq., Lansing Art Gallery, MI
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM