Marty McCorkle & Ian Silvia
Show Dates: September 2, 2009 - October 3, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 17, 5-9pm
On Thursday, September 17, from 5:00—9:00 PM, Gallery Z will host the opening reception for an exhibition of paintings by Marty McCorkle and hand-blown glass sculptures by Ian Silvia.
Ian Silvia possesses both masterful skill and perfect timing, both of which are necessity in sculpting three dimensional forms in glass. To watch a glass blower working with molten glass in a furnace with temperatures around 2000 degrees, it can be difficult to imagine how it is possible to control the shape and design of the piece. Silvia's figurative glass sculptures add yet another dimension to the process by demanding exacting forms and drawing.
Marty McCorkle’s fusion of oil painting and computer technology involves a process using far more calculation than one might initially assume. His technique involves photographing his subjects, altering the original form using digital software, and then painting the manipulated image with oil paints on canvas. The distressing effects of oil paint on the original digital image create a tension between the two media.
The elegant hand-blown glass figures of Ian Silvia coupled with Marty McCorkle’s innovative use of technology in his paintings will make this the hottest exhibition in Providence this fall.