Linda Lopez and Mathew McConnell | Let's Just Say What We Mean




Eastfield College Galleries is pleased to present Let’s Just Say What We Mean, an exhibition featuring the work of artists Linda Lopez and Mathew McConnell. 
 
Often making work side by side, or working directly on each other’s projects, Lopez and McConnell operate in a space of intuition and observation.  Carefully considering the work of the other, both artists share an interest in the cultivation of a dialogue between artist, viewer, and object that moves beyond visual aesthetics.  Through this dialogue they examine object hood, the language of objects, and acknowledge the inevitable bleeding of the other’s work into one’s own.  Let’s Just Say What We Mean alludes to a base-level honest exchange between the work of one and the work of another. It is a formalizing of the work in a context outside of the studio, and a conversation without the aid of words. What will the work itself say, and how will it say it differently?
 
Linda Lopez is an artist based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Lopez examines relationships between inanimate objects to reveal their physical and psychological states. Lopez received a MFA in ceramics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has exhibited her work in New Zealand and throughout the United States including Robischon Gallery, Denver; Vertigo Art Space, Denver; The Clay Studio, Philadelphia and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia. She has been an artist in resident at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia and has been featured as an Emerging artist in Ceramics Monthly. In 2013, she was a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation and opened a solo exhibition at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, NY.
 
 
Mathew McConnell is an artist based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His work sources forms and images from other artist’s works, transforming them compositionally and conceptually, revealing how one’s own work “revels, lingers, and bleeds in the work of other artists”. McConnell holds an MFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a BFA from Valdosta State University in Georgia. He has held numerous solo exhibitions and his works have been included in group exhibitions in China, Australia, New Zealand, and in many venues across the United States. In 2012, Mathew was granted an “Emerging Artist” award from the National Council on Education in Ceramic Art. He has also been a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, where he was awarded the Lilian Fellowship in 2011 and the Sage Scholarship in 2007. In 2010, Mathew served as the Artist in Residence and Guest Lecturer of Contemporary Craft at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand. He is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas, where he oversees the ceramics area.
 
Directions to Eastfield College:
From I-30 take Exit 54 toward Big Town Blvd. Take Big Town Blvd North which turns into La Prada. From La Prada take a right on Carol Brown Dr. Go right on Eastfield Parkway and park in the W3 parking lot (on your left). The H Gallery is located off the lower courtyard between the Fine Arts building (Bldg. “F”) and the Campus Center (Bldg. “C”) in H100.
 




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