“Standing Still … in the Abstract” isn’t just a
It describes the essence of the 51 figurative works by Canadian-born artist Mary-Ann Prack.
On display at Appalachian State University’s Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (TCVA) through March 23, Prack’s sculptures and paintings have been described as “crisp and powerful abstractions of the human figure … (that) strongly resonate the very real emotional experience of being human.”
What makes Prack’s work distinctive is how she transforms raw clay and metal into artwork, each with its own individual presence, spirit, timelessness and mystery.
Her stoneware clay and metal sculptures and mixed media paintings are shaped and colored intuitively, but have an infinite range of shapes, colors, details and sizes; no two alike nor with a normal front and back.
This exhibition has brought together several different design directions that Prack has followed over the past 30 years, including works with primary color and monotone surfaces, sculpture with fired glaze, cold colors and patina oxidized metal surfaces, as well as paintings with mixtures of oil, acrylic, oil pastel and graphite.
The Turchin Center is located at 423 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Friday. The center is closed Sunday and Monday and observes all university holidays.
For more information, call (828) 262-3017 or visit http://www.tcva.org.
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