'Enchanted Transient Reality' Opens Exhibit Season at Rankin Art Gallery

The Enchanted TransientFerris State University’s Rankin Art Gallery will feature paintings by Rob Vander Zee and mixed media sculpture by Kathleen Elliot in “The Enchanted Transient Reality,” an exhibit opening Wednesday, Sept. 5.

The free exhibit, which runs through Saturday, Oct. 13, will be on display in the gallery above the bookstore in the Rankin Student Center. An artist discussion is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. on opening night, and a reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Vander Zee, who grew up in Cedar Springs, Mich., layers oil glazes in order to achieve surfaces of both depth and luminosity in his work, which has been displayed internationally. The glazes trap light in between layers, which gives each painting the feeling that it glows from within.

Elliot, a California resident, creates sculptures from flame-worked glass using botanical forms, including leaves, flowers, fruit and vines. Her work, which has been displayed nationwide in solo and group exhibitions, incorporates human characteristics that convey a sense of alternative realities.

“Robert Vander Zee and Kathleen Elliott together create a very powerful exhibition,” said gallery director Carrie Weis. “They both are observing and commenting on the practice of genetic engineering and human manipulation to our environment. They have created incredible species that are beautiful, fantastical and thought-provoking.

“Humans are altering reality in ways that scientists, artists and science fiction writers have thus far been visionary enough to conjure, create or portray,” Weis continued. “The artists in this exhibit have asked these important questions and have created work that allows us the opportunity to think about our environment and to inspire philosophical discussions about all of these topics.”

For more information about Vander Zee, visit: http://www.robvanderzee.com/. For more on Elliot, visit: http://www.kathleenelliot.com/.

The 2012 Fall Exhibit Schedule also includes “Journey: Life from the Inside Out,” paintings by Mount Pleasant, Mich. artist Shelley Newman Stevens, Nov. 1-20. The gallery also will feature work by Megan Klco of Ferris’ Kendall College of Art and Design and photographer John Batdorff, Weis said.

Fall gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

To learn more about the Rankin Art Gallery, visit: http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/othersrv/art_gallery/index.htm

Last updated: 08-29-2012