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Joint exhibition 'Hidden Material' on display
at Flanagan Campus Art Gallery

Jan. 24, 2013

Hayley Perry’s Untitled Hayley Perry’s “Untitled,” pastel on paper, is one of the works on display in “Hidden Material,” her joint exhibition with Claudine Metrick, at the Flanagan Campus Art Gallery.

The Community College of Rhode Island Flanagan Campus Art Gallery is featuring “Hidden Material,” a joint exhibition by Claudine Metrick and Hayley Perry featuring medium-format mixed-media paintings and drawings employing both traditional and nontraditional materials, through Feb. 15.

A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the gallery, in Room 2420 on the first floor of the campus, located at 1762 Louisquisset Pike in Lincoln.

Metrick and Perry use their deep interest in materials to investigate the enigmatic. Collage, ephemera and all manner of artistic media are present in these 2-D explorations of space and psyche. Metrick expands upon the traditional notion of landscape to present imagined places. Torn maps are juxtaposed onto smoky skies. Paint, collage and stitching collide to create rich surfaces that act as maps of the cosmos and, by extension, the mind. Perry uses raw color in the form of pastel, paper and paint to illicit visceral responses from the viewer. She examines the nature of perception and how it is shaped by color, light and space.

Both artists are tapping into veins of the subconscious making us aware of our intuitive and involuntary reactions. How does a certain space, color or texture make us feel? What do we do when confronted with images of burning houses floating on effervescent clouds? These artists use a rich array of means to explore what is often left unconscious within us.

Metrick has exhibited her work nationally and throughout the region. Solo and joint exhibitions include the Narrows Center for the Arts and the Regions Gallery of the New Bedford Art Museum. She is part of the Boston Drawing Project at Carroll and Sons in Boston’s South End. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. View her paintings online.

Perry graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2011 from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is a native of southeastern Massachusetts where she lives and works in her Swansea home and studio. In addition to her painting career, she enjoys traditional North American fiber arts.

Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays. Admission to the reception and exhibition are free, and the gallery is handicapped accessible. For information, email gallery director Tom Morrissey.

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