Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center
Casper, Wyoming

Nicolaysen Art Museum & Discovery Center
400 E. Collins
Casper, WY 82601
(307) 235-5247

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Influence: Serena Bocchino
Through August 15, 2021

Bocchino’s career has spanned over thirty years and she has influenced many artists as they have developed their own voice in the visual arts.

Bocchino’s work focuses on the interpretation of music and movement in two- and three-dimensional forms.

Bocchino’s career has spanned over thirty years and she has influenced many artists as they have developed their own voice in the visual arts. Her international exhibitions and her teaching of both adults and children have created a larger audience for her work and she has continued to grow a following throughout the United States. Bocchino works in “series”, whereas she begins with an idea that uses composition, line, color, and the fundamental methods of abstraction in order to expand the concept. As each concept develops, she continues to investigate these ideas through painting, drawing, and sculpture until the idea is thoroughly exhausted. This practice usually maintains years of investigation until the ideas move into another area that she finds interesting and challenging. For Serena, this is a natural progression of creativity that she maintains as her studio practice. Her work influences colleagues and students alike, as she exhibits her work and discusses her ideas on public platforms and articles of discourse.

You can learn more about Serena at serenabocchino.com

INFLUENCE: Serena Bocchino, is a survey exhibition, presenting paintings and sculptures by Serena Bocchino from 2011-2021. The exhibition includes seven series that she has developed over the past ten years. The common thread of all seven series is primarily the investigation of the visual interpretation of music and movement through her personal color palette and her unique “pour” method of painting. The sculptures, which often utilize wire, paint, clay, and acrylic shapes, are included in this exhibition and are often referred to as “drawings in space”. Through the variety of materials and methodologies, which Bocchino investigates she demonstrates her interest in inspiring a variety of future generations. The organic growth of one series morphing into the next expands her visual vocabulary and breaks barriers of preconceived notions of art-making. Part of Bocchino’s intention is to encourage artists to investigate materials and concepts within their practice in order to widen their own visual languages. The HEROES: Women Artists Who Influence and Inspire included within the INFLUENCE exhibition, reveals the many artists who have done just that in her studio practice. Bocchino pays it forward with this exhibition hoping to influence and inspire other artists to widen his or her visual languages and fearlessly create work that excites and inspires everyone who comes into contact with it!
Thank you to our sponsors for this exhibit: Peter and Marlene Ashbaugh

Frequencies: David Von Metz
Through September 19, 2021
Bordewick & Durham

David Von Metz is a painter, collagist, photographer, and digital artist, from Rock Springs, Wyoming. He has trained in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, and Art. David holds degrees in Material Science and Mathematics.

You can learn more about David Von Metz at davidvonmetz.com

My current artwork encompasses painting, drawing, and digital print creation; and the exploration of intersections between those practices. My visual vocabulary is informed by my mathematics background. Many of my artworks are created by repetition, transformation, and iteration of primitive elements. These are fundamental processes in some areas of mathematics.

For my work from 2018 to the present, I was thinking of wavelike phenomena. Every wave, no matter how complex, can be understood as the superposition of simple sinusoidal waves of various frequencies. High frequencies are small-scale changes, occurring rapidly in the time dimension; or alternatively, in spatial dimensions. Low frequencies are large-scale changes, occurring slowly in time or in space.

Maybe you can see how these considerations have emerged in my artworks in this show.

Holding in Common: Mimi Fenton
Through August 15, 2021
Rosenthal Gallery

Mimi Fenton is a painter and Renaissance scholar in Laramie, Wyoming. Until recently, she lived and taught in the mountains of North Carolina where she began painting. She has published four books on the poet John Milton, was a Fulbright Scholar in Budapest, Hungary, and is a Distinguished Alumna of the University of Wyoming. She currently divides her time between teaching literature at UW and working in her studio.

To learn more about Mimi Fenton you can visit her website, mfenton.cargo.site.

The oversized figures in this exhibit are purposely larger than their canvas, each pushing to fill more space, incomplete and uncontained by their frames. Each figure poses in an intimate moment of love, delight, despair, yearning, or self-actualization. These are standalone pieces, unique and conceived separately; however, each self is held together here, and in the painter’s imagining, with the other selves. They share color, gesture, stance, joy, or sorrow. These characters are not thinking outside of themselves in the moments we see them. They are unaware of their commonalities, but they are in conversation, held together in groupings: diptych, triptych, pairings, and series. In the common space of the Rosenthal gallery, they speak with a collective voice, leading into deeper intimacies and connectedness. The viewer first meets the noisy, crammed faces of social and internal conflict in Guernica 2020, then moves into more tranquil conversations between lovers or friends, toward solitary and quiet figures. The final, and only, abstract painting, Something There Is That Doesn’t Love a Wall, symbolically fuses all they are holding in common.

Artist Statement
Why paint, and why paint people? Because, as Renaissance literature teaches, individuals are inimitable and never fully knowable. Because, even now, “what has been said is still not enough.”

I work from early modern definitions where an individual means indivisible and originality means connection with origins, so my large-scale figurative oil paintings present individuals who fuse history with contemporaneity, self with context.

I love every step of creating a painting: research and conceptualization, production, and revision. My paintings originate in poetry or music lyrics. Symbolic colors and intense marks—a nod to expressionism’s insistence on the physicality of paint—do intend interpretive meanings, contingent as they are.

Foregrounding bodies as overfull vessels of interiority that cannot be fully seen–each is cropped or cramped—makes the canvas a metaphor for defining and confining forces—contexts from which individuals are indivisible. Context is not a locale or situation. The semiotics of posture, anatomy, clothing, and material reveal both interiority and context: identity politics and power hierarchies. For instance, androgynous figures with enlarged hands and feet, and powerful old women defy essentialist reductions of beauty, aging, and female agency. People in conflict are fragmented physically and collectively. People are isolated together. Maps are “embodied” because place shapes individuals and places belong within the self.

Notable to Notorious: Women of the Wild West – Bria Hammock
Through September19, 2021

Bria is a contemporary wilderness painter, muralist, and graphic designer (mom + wife, too). She has exhibited across the western Front Range and works out of her west edge studio in Cheyenne, WY. She is proud to have launched Wyoming’s first drive-by, quarantine-friendly gallery in downtown Cheyenne in the Spring of 2020 and continues to curate new collections for exhibition.

Bria also serves on the board of Casper, WY’s Art321, and state-wide org WY/ART Coalition, both advocating for more exhibition opportunities for western artist.

This collection of women who made their mark on the Wild West looks past the traditional beauty of portraiture and aims to uncover the texture, layers, and colors that illuminated these iconic figures in their day, while still resonating today. The execution of faces in a more realistic, yet pixelated manner, juxtaposed with unpredictable, gestural lines and bold colors speak to the spirit of these women. Some found themselves amongst more noble pursuits than others, but all showcased a strength and determination not often found publicly amongst their peers of the era.

All source photography was uncovered in black and white, which allowed me to re-imagine the color palette of this collection in a way that felt authentic to my bold-color body of work, as well as revealing the essence of the subjects. Incorporating a digital component to the exhibition allows the viewer to peek deeper into a graphic execution of each subject’s background. Finding and incorporating inspiration from traditional art and technology is a theme that is consistently an important undercurrent in my work.

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