Bossier Arts Council's East Bank Gallery presents "Contemporary Works"

April 1 - May 31, 2017

The Bossier Arts Council presents this unique collaboration, "Contemporary Works," beginning April 1, 2017, and hanging until May 31, 2017. It will feature the artworks of Kit Gilbert and Robert Fogel in our East Bank Gallery. The Opening Reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 15, from 2-4 p.m. and will be held at the Bossier Arts Council located at 630 Barksdale Boulevard, Bossier City, La. This event is free and open to the public.

Kit Gilbert is a multimedia artist, who lives and works in Ruston, Louisiana. She has studied visual art in Europe as well as the United States for more than forty years. Gilbert has shown her works nationally including venues such as The Gallery in Beaufort, South Carolina, and Merkle & Price Gallery in El Dorado, Arkansas. Her work is influenced by landscape and memory as well as issues in formal design.

"My recent work is dealing with visual distortions. Because of recent Macular degeneration issues, I am primarily working with larger geometric shapes in my compositions. These shapes are not only two-dimensional, but they are also three-dimensional applications to the surfaces of the paintings and paper works. The objects adhered to the surface of my paintings and paper works include photographs, magazine cut outs, and paper print outs as a collage element. Combining the collaged images provides a sort of resolution to the loss of my vision, which becomes a physically tangible aspect as well as an insertion of photographic reference to memory."

Robert Fogelstarted making sculptures to remind him of places and scenes in the Great Basin. His goal is to minimize the detail so that the viewer's own experiences, memories, and imagination become part of the experience. The challenge is to reduce his memories to a minimalist set of forms, lines, colors, and textures. Robert chose metal as his medium because he loves its versatility and strength. The surface may be left intact or altered by grinding, sandblasting, painting, staining, etc. After moving to Louisiana, he has been intrigued by the meandering streams and the oxbow lakes and bayous created when the stream changes course. By offsetting sections of the sculpture, the flat surface is broken adding interest.

"Metal is an interesting art medium because of its unique properties. Some of the properties of steel, for instance, include its high strength to weight ratio, moderate ductility, opacity, electrical conductivity, ability to hold a sharp edge, it rusts, and can be polished or magnetized. The number of metal fabrication techniques expands the design possibilities beyond the properties of metal themselves."

Bossier Arts Council's East Bank Gallery presents "Contemporary Works"