Mason's BonesThe public is invited to a closing reception for the "Mason's Bones" exhibit, featuring work by Lander University assistant professors of art Doug McAbee and Jennifer Stoneking-Stewart, at Lander's Monsanto Gallery, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.
Friday, March 11 will be the last day that art fans can check out the Lander educators' work.
McAbee specializes in sculptures "made of hollow, hand-formed, welded steel. I grind and sand the surfaces to provide a seamless, clean presentation before powder coating the steel."
"This is a physically demanding and patience-testing process. While each color and image used in a drawing or sculpture holds a significant personal meaning for me, I am interested in how these meanings shift when unrelated images are fused together."
McAbee states that even though he often dips into serious or sinister subject matter, he " always seeks to do so with a sense of humor, a shiny color and a spoonful of sugar."
Fourteen works from the "Inevitable Forces" series by Stoneking-Stewart, who specializes in printmaking, will also be on display.
Images of old structures that "bow and bend and collapse" abound in the series, inspired by " the landscape of rural Appalachia with its dilapidated, abandoned relics of lives past."
She asserts that "the main concept in the body of work revolves around alteration of the environment to conform to human needs and the futile attempts to control natural and/or inevitable forces."
Stoneking-Stewart explains that the exhibit "title came about through Doug's meeting my black lab, Mason, and seeing all his rawhide bones and toys he carries around. It's not even remotely related to our work, but we liked the sound of that title."
McAbee compares his and his colleague's work by saying "there are some stark contrasts to our creative outlets and some compelling similarities at the same time. It's interesting to see our works in the same room."