BAYarts' latest exhibitions explore transformations

"Birth" by John Carlson

Artist Timothy Joyce doesn't believe in waste, and his method of using recycled materials was born out of a desire to show there's no aspect of human life that doesn't have some continued worth and message to express.

The components of the art vary in the exhibition "Facing Forward." Joyce says, "I use materials found in junk shops, painting over cheap reproduction pictures, house paint, spray paint, you name it." The purpose of this is rooted in renewal. "It pleases me to give what is discarded a new life. My single intent is to make the viewer feel what the expression of  the pictures contain. I don’t look away from all kinds of human life. Every single person on earth matters."

This method of salvaging perceived rubbish is just another manner of Joyce's unique perspective. His work will be on display in the Diane Boldman Education gallery. 

Additionally, in the Sullivan Family Gallery, the work of John Carlson and Shari Wilkins will explore alterations in "Destruction of Form." The collaboration started with Wilkins' vernacular photography collection. From there, tools such as X-ray, paint, and charcoal were used to transmute the existing image.   

Of the work's thoughtful, metamorphosed intention, Carlson says the ultimate aim is to "engage the viewer in a new visual experience." The concept of a keenly conscious attitude of observation plays an especially important part of this exhibition.   

The pair adds that they found the act of collaborating to help them generate new, spontaneous ideas, which transformed some of their initial ideas and thus bringing the entire theme full-circle in a fully immersive approach.   

The opening receptions for both exhibitions are on Friday, Feb. 5, from 7-9 p.m. The artwork will be on view at BAYarts through Feb 25. Visit for more info and images.

Jessica Stockdale


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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.02.2016