Launchpad exhibition opens for Carbondale’s First Friday |

Launchpad exhibition opens for Carbondale’s First Friday

Carbondale Arts will present two solo exhibitions Friday at R2 Gallery, located inside The Launchpad in Carbondale.

Robert Martin showcases his transition from his earlier sculptural practice to his current painting work in a retrospective.

“Martin’s artworks generally combine personal history, shared stories, and roadside observations,” according to a press release. “He utilizes watercolors in a so-called hyper-western palette that gives his paintings a very typical appearance, allowing the narratives to reveal themselves more slowly.”

The second exhibition will display alternative uses for the national parks and nature, turning national treasures into recreational, industrial and commercial facilities.

Will Gurley’s “National Parks Development” is a parody about the development of the natural world. “Gurley’s works explore the shortcomings of modern development and humanity’s disregard, control and commodification of nature, displaying alternative uses for America’s natural splendor.”

The opening will also feature a special preview of 5Point Film Festival’s 2019 trailer, which will serve as a taster for the entire festival that officially kicks off on April 25.

A preview for Carbondale Arts members and gallery patrons will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, to meet the artists and for an opportunity to see the work before the exhibition opens to the public at 6 p.m. For more information, visit carbondale or call 970-963-1680.

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