Artist couple doubles up on exhibits
Artists Andrew and Annette Roberts-Gray are making their mark in Glenwood Springs.Not only are the longtime Roaring Fork Valley artists and husband-and-wife team part of Vanishing Point Wulfsohn Ranch: An Artists Tribute at Main Street Gallery starting Friday, they are also celebrating the opening of their exhibits a few doors down the block.Art Integrating Nature & Technology by Andrew Roberts-Gray and Messages in Everyday Objects: Pottery by Annette Roberts-Gray will run through Feb. 25 at Colorado Mountain Colleges Glenwood Springs Gallery. A reception will take place from 5-7:30 p.m.The work for this show is intended to be, above all, both functional and beautiful. These are objects that should be used and enjoyed daily, Annette said. By employing the use of the entire pot as a canvas for my thoughts, I have added a further dimension to the work.Annettes goal for the show is to get people thinking about products before they buy, especially in todays commercialized world.I want the user to think about issues such as the devaluation of the unique, everyday object in todays culture. By marking the foot of the pot with Pottery Not From WAL*MART, and Made in Colorado, USA, I am employing the use of satire to force the user to address this issue, she said. For me, the roots of this satire reach back 30 or more years, to the parodies Not the New York Times, and Off the Wall Street Journal, the glory days of the National Lampoon.She hopes one particular example of her work makes a point to consumers.The piece Nine for Every One: Flowers for the Soldiers is two groupings of vases, one larger surrounded by nine small ones. It refers to the statistic that for every U.S. soldier killed in Iraq, nine have been wounded, she said. I want the viewer to think about the terrible waste that has occurred and is occurring daily in Iraq.Equally politically expressive, Andrews strategy in his work is to show the relationship between nature and technology, and mans desire to integrate the two. He incorporates computer circuit boards and digital media references to show the poles of mans engineering and nature. One such example is his painting titled The Terrible Beauty of Engineering.I often use the image of a parking lot as a field where other ideas can float, he said. The parking lot is one of the most extreme things man can do to nature.Although the image of a parking lot may seem bleak to some, Andrew said his work also ties in natural elements such as landscapes to defer from negativity.I also use the landscape as the field for other ideas, he said. I may use the 0s or the 1s the language of computers. The geometric design of the circuit board and the shape is woven into the landscape. I try to elude to a positive outcome.With their work on exhibit in two separate Glenwood Springs galleries, the Roberts-Grays may just have that.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518, firstname.lastname@example.org
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