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Exhibition Opening: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6-8 p.m.
Runs Through: Thursday, November 20, 2014

Evolving Geometries: Line, Form, and Color

Three one-person exhibitions, featuring
Patrick Wilson, Odili Donald Odita, and Manfred Mohr

All Galleries and Grand Lobby

Building on the rich tradition of geometric abstraction, three one-person exhibitions take the visual language of line, form, and color in compelling directions. In the first part of the 20th century, artists such as Wassily Kandinksky (1866-1944), Kasimir Malevich (1878-1935), and Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) explored a vocabulary of simple geometric forms—rectangles, triangles, squares, and line—in abstract compositions that addressed universal truths and utopian ideas. This tradition, carried forth, expanded, and transformed over the course of the 20th century, continues into the present with innovative approaches to the genre by:


Patrick Wilson
Ruth C. Horton Gallery

Los Angeles artist Patrick Wilson creates luminous, sumptuously colored abstract paintings composed of richly layered geometric forms—lines, squares, and rectangles. A consummate colorist, he works with acrylic on canvas, meticulously deploying a palette of potent colors that range from muted grays and blues to intense vermilions, bright greens, yellows, and deep purples. Superimposing what seem like disarmingly simple geometric forms—on top of, beside, or inside each other—Wilson devises complex modular sequences that achieve mesmerizing visual effects.
View a brochure about Patrick Wilson.


Odili Donald Odita
Grand Lobby and Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery

Odili Donald Odita’s geometric abstractions masterfully mine the expressive and metaphoric power of line, color, and form in brilliantly colored canvases and site-specific wall paintings. Beginning with line and often painting directly on walls, Odita transforms simple geometric forms into elongated triangles, trapezoid-like shapes, or irregular bands of color that stream, intersect, and diverge from each other.


Manfred Mohr
Sherwood Payne Quillen '71 Reception Gallery

One of the early pioneers of the digital art genre, Manfred Mohr was one of the first artists to use computers to create works of art. As early as 1969, Mohr began using algorithms to explore new territories in the visual arts, and in 1971 was the first artist to be presented in a solo exhibition in a Museum with works entirely calculated and drawn by a digital computer. He has since developed a prolific and varied oeuvre based on a rigorous exploration of the logical structure of geometric forms—cubes, hypercubes, lines, and planes, and the relationships among them. Fundamental to the algorithms Mohr creates to generate his work are the rules of geometry, logic, and mathematics.
View a brochure about Manfred Mohr.


Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6-8 p.m.
Opening Reception
Evolving Geometries: Line, Form, and Color
Grand Lobby
Free; cash bar

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: Patrick Wilson
Ruth C. Horton Gallery
Artist Patrick Wilson discusses his work in Evolving Geometries.
Free

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7 p.m.
Manfred Mohr
Ruth C. Horton Gallery
Artist Manfred Mohr discusses his work in Evolving Geometries.
Free

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:50 p.m.
My Take Talk: Kirk Cameron
Kirk Cameron, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech, will present a 15-minute creative response to Manfred Mohr's work as part of the Evolving Geometries exhibition.
Miles C. Horton Jr Gallery
Free

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Artist Talk: Odili Donald Odita
Grand Lobby
In a unique re-invention of hard-edge abstraction, Odita infuses geometric form with pulsating shards of brilliant color. Following major projects around the world from Venice, Italy and Helsinki, Finland to San Franciso, California, Odita comes to Blacksburg, Virginia with an expansive wall painting, Bridge, created over 25 days in the Grand Lobby of the Moss Arts Center.

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:50 p.m.
My Take Talk: Mark Smiley
Mark Smiley, the assistant director in charge of LGBTQ coordination for Multicultural Programs and Services at Virginia Tech, will present a 15-minute creative response to Patrick Wilson's work as part of the Evolving Geometries exhibition.
Ruth C. Horton Gallery
Free

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 6:50 p.m.
My Take Talk: Allison Popernack
Allison Popernack, a Virginia Tech senior in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in metallurgy, is very involved at the Kroehling Advanced Materials Foundry (VT FIRE) and with the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED). Popernack will present a 15-minute creative response to Manfred Mohr's work as part of the Evolving Geometries exhibition. 
Miles C. Horton Jr Gallery
Free


Odili Donald Odita
Feedback, 2014
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 90 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

 


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Monday–Friday, 10 AM–5:30 PM
Saturday, 10 AM–4 PM

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Admission

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