Life is but a dream at CCBC
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:34

CCBC Dundalk’s latest art exhibition, “In The Arms of Morpheus,” runs through Friday, Oct. 26. 
photo by Michael Rodman

New K Gallery show is open through Oct. 26

by Nicole Rodman

In planning her new art exhibition at the CCBC Dundalk campus, curator Emily Matens wanted gallery visitors to feel as if they had stepped into a dream.
    Referencing Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams, the latest CCBC Dundalk art gallery show, “In the Arms of Morpheus,” attempts to take viewers into a world of dreams ­— and nightmares.
    “I wanted to create the experience of what happens when you are asleep; the lines of fantasy and reality blur,” Matens explained during the exhibition’s opening reception last Friday.
    Matens, a former student of CCBC professor and art gallery coordinator Nicole Buckingham, first brought her idea for an exhibit to Buckingham after taking an art curation class with the professor last fall.
    Not wanting to waste what she called “a really cool opportunity,” Matens  dove head first into organizing the show.
    Now, after months of hard work and planning, “In The Arms Of Morpheus” will be open through Oct. 26.
    Located in the CCBC Dundalk Building K art gallery, 7200 Sollers Point Road, the exhibition features a variety of abstract art pieces created by artists living in the region.
    According to Matens, she chose each artist from the Sondheim List, a registry of artists featured at the Artscape art festival in Baltimore.
    In searching for the perfect people to bring her vision to life, Matens sought abstract artists specializing in the use of bright, bold colors.
    Noting that she wanted her show to be “whimsical and dreamy,” Matens explained that the four artists she ended up choosing struck a “balance between vibrant dreams and nightmares” in the work.
    The first piece most visitors will notice upon approaching the art gallery is a large wire-and-button sculpture by artist Jessica Braiterman.
    Suspended from the ceiling of the gallery, the piece allows “viewers to feel as though they have entered a cosmic environment,” according to Matens.
    Noting a penchant for found objects and latticework in her artist’s statement, Braiterman uses her art to examine the ever-changing relationship between art and viewer.
    For featured artist John Adams, abstract art is a way to reach out  and connect to the viewer.
    In his artist’s statement on his website, Adams notes that “my current body of work activates the perceptual connection between artist, object (or environment), and viewer.”
    In pieces such as “The Ruffled Expanse” and “Dusk,” Adams uses dark splotches of color to evoke a dark, unsettling dreamscape.
    According to artist Anne Marchand, also featured in CCBC Dundalk’s latest art exhibit, “abstraction is my inquiry into the nature of life.”
    In pieces such as “No Secret at All” and “The Between,” Marchand uses the massive size of her paintings to draw viewers in.
    As curator Matens notes of Marchand’s work in her written introduction to the exhibition, “The vast size of her artwork makes it easy to become fully involved with the paintings and forget the surrounding world.”
    For Washington, D.C.-based artist Pat Goslee, her work is all about capturing biomorphic patterns on canvas.
    Biomorphism, an art movement popularized in the 20th Century, refers to works of art featuring natually-occuring patterns.
    In works such as “Out of the Blue” and “Upon Hearing the Hopi,” Goslee uses bright, bold colors and natural patterns to create a whimsical, dream-like experience for the viewer.
    While admission to the exhibit is free to the public, each piece in the gallery is for sale.
    Prices for each work are listed on a small sign next to each piece.
    According to Buckingham, while they do not sell many pieces, the college collects a 25 percent commission on any works that are sold.
    This money is then used to fund gallery exhibitions and other art department events throughout the year.
n “In the Arms of Morpheus” runs through Oct. 26 in the K Building at CCBC Dundalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road. Gallery hours are Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. The gallery is closed on weekends. For more information, call 443-840-3497.