Looking at Layers: SJU Gallery Hosts Mixed Media Collection
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 15, 2012) - Artist Kip Deeds merges numerous styles and mediums together in order to create one intricate piece of work. A collection of his complex compositions, titled “All Things Great and Small” will be exhibited at Saint Joseph’s University Gallery Monday, Feb. 27 – Friday, March 30. An artist’s reception will be held Thursday, March 1, 6-8 p.m. The Gallery will close for spring break, March 5-11.
Deeds’ approach to art focuses on the interplay between different methods and media. “I do not identify myself as an artist bound to one method or mode of working,” says Deeds. “I see myself as an artist who brings several different mediums and styles together in a particular way.”
His expertise ranges from standard mediums like watercolors and acrylic paints to the more esoteric methods of collage, etching and screen-print.
“Deeds brings animation and sophistication to the medium of collage,” says Jeanne Bracy, associate gallery director. “He deliberately dissects his images with drawn wood planks to compose colorful abstract forms beautifully visible from a distance. Upon closer look, you see the intricacies of his pieces including text, small portraits and collage, which he uses to create repetitious designs within each print.”
Deeds gathers ideas for his work from stories, history and observation, but the crux of his inspiration is his imagination. “The deviation from rote observation occurs when I apply color symbolically rather than naturalistically,” Deeds says. “Or when I ignore traditional rules of perspective so that I can create psychological juxtapositions rather than literal ones.”
He transforms an abundance of colors, concepts, and media into evocative pieces that engage viewers both visually and mentally.
Deeds received his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and his B.F.A. from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. He has exhibited his work across the United States, has both international and national permanent collections, and has won numerous awards, including the Yvonne M. Kelly Award for Mixed Media Work.
Saint Joseph’s University Gallery is located in Merion Hall on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus at 376 Latches Lane in Lower Merion, Pa. A campus map may be viewed online. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call 610-660-1840, or visit the gallery website at http://www.sju.edu/gallery.