Group Show at Cumberland Gallery • Through October 4
If the title of the show isn’t intriguing enough, the work of artists Tom Pfannerstill, Johan Hagaman, Billy Renkl, and Kell Black certainly invites a closer look. The exhibit, Rock, Paper, Scissors and Wood, brings together incredibly realistic painting on sculpted wood, figurative concrete work, and intricately cut paper.
Cumberland Gallery owner Carol Stein had the title of this exhibit in her book of concepts for a while and explains, “The focus of this show is mediums. These four artists are masters of their medium. Every once in a while you let a concept drive the show, and in this case these artists were a perfect match for this concept.”
The works present a perfect pairing of artistic vision with attention to detail and process. Tom Pfannerstill recreates the details of discarded, often smashed and dirty bits of consumer ephemera, in carved wood and paint with incredible accuracy. Johan Hagaman makes molded concrete look beautifully soft and alive in her dreamy figures that appear to float in air. Billy Renkl uses old postcards, maps, diagrams, and snippets of text to create evocative and memorable collages. Kell Black takes lovely little fragments of nature such as dandelions, twigs, spiders, moths, and maple whirligigs and delicately renders them with scissors and paper.
Rock, Paper, Scissors and Wood will be on view at Cumberland Gallery through October 4. For more information, please visit www.cumberlandgallery.com.