Posting Date: July 27, 2010
Kennesaw State presents Barry Sparkman art exhibition
Painting and printmaking combined in other-worldly environment
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"Four Elements" by Barry Sparkman
KENNESAW, Ga.—The Kennesaw State University Art Museum and Galleries will present "Barry Sparkman: The Allusive Subconscious" from Aug. 10-Sept. 30 in the Fine Arts Gallery in the Wilson Building. The free exhibition will feature brightly colored abstract works that "transports viewers into another world," explains Joe Thomas, chair of the visual arts department and curator of the exhibition. An opening reception will be held on August 25 from 5-9 p.m.
Barry Sparkman recently earned a second Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Miami. As an artist, he has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2008 Florida Individual Arts Fellowship. He has had solo shows throughout the Southeast and many invitational and juried shows throughout the country.
According to Thomas, Sparkman’s work was selected for the exhibition because of its broad appeal and its non-representational style. Sparkman’s work—described by Thomas as “visually sumptuous”—combines both painting and printmaking.
On his website, Sparkman explains, “I have always made things. One of my earliest memories as a child growing up in Tennessee is drawing with a ballpoint pen on odd bits of paper, in church or in the back seat of a car. Expressing myself visually provided an escape and opened a door to a new world that belonged exclusively to me.”
Many years later, his work is still reminiscent of those new worlds. Thomas notes that Sparkman “uses abstraction to suggest the sense of a subconscious universe. Lines and shapes twist and stream through multicolored environments to create the sense of a fourth-dimensional space accessible through the artist’s imagination.”
Sparkman’s current work “reflects an intense interest in and respect for nature in all of its forms.” According to Thomas, “the spiraling tendrils and wave-like forms often seem to allude to living organisms.”
The Fine Arts Gallery in the Wilson Building will be open 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education, business and nursing. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 22,500 from 142 countries.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts departments.