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MACC GAFA Gallery Exhibit Opening

The Moberly Area Community College Graphic Arts/Fine Arts Gallery will host the work of Andrew Glenn (AWG). The exhibit will run from Nov. 10 until Dec. 3. On Thursday Nov. 11, the gallery will host a reception from 2 pm till 4 pm for the show "Standardized Diversity". The show contains prints, drawings, and installations that investigate the topic of the human relationship with the natural environment. The artist will be present to discuss his work and a gallery talk will be held during the reception.

AWG explains his work in his artist’s statement, “In my work I am looking at the man-made and natural environments in our world and studying common similarities between or within them. Similarities can range from design, content, and concept to nothing at all. The found similarities result in relationships upon which my work is built. These relationships are between objects, the environment, or objects and the environment. Grids, units, systems, proportions, repetition, labels, generic-ness, masses, standardization, power, control, society, community and the individual are some of the objects and matrix for my work. I use the matrix to reestablish an environment so I can examine our roles within them and the dependent and independent relationships developed. I am not just providing criticism or praise of our surroundings, but rather subjectively projecting our world back to the viewer so they can find my connections and discover their own.

I recently find myself drawn to the way natural elements are visually and physically represented, packaged or controlled by man. I am interested in the familiarity of nature in our culture presented to us as a man-made line, shape, or image. Mass production and other repetitive means for convenience have greatly influenced this concept. Though simplicity, cheapness, comfort, and excess are some associations with the multiplicity of products, there is still a tranquil and orderly beauty to be found within the way this repetitiveness has come to represent natural aspects of our lives. Basically, there is something pleasing and disturbing about the way man-made shapes control or identify natural elements or products. I also think there is a beauty to be found in the way an organic line or shape can depict a geometric shape that may or may not contain something from the natural world.

AWG is a Mid-West artist born in St. Louis, MO and now resides in Moberly, MO. His MFA degree in Printmaking was obtained from Indiana University- Bloomington. His work has been shown in numerous local, regional, national and international shows including: New Prints Program Spring 2009 and Winter 2008 at the International Print Center New York, Global Matrix II International Print Exhibition Purdue University, The 12th International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibition at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, International Juried Print Exhibition 2006 at the Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center in New Jersey, The 2008 Harnett Biennial of American Prints at Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, In the Beginning: Exploring Origins in Contemporary Art 2008 Penn Humanities Forum, The Printed Image: The First Biennial Midwestern Graphics Juried Exhibition, The Great Lakes Emerging Artist Competition at the Rockefeller Arts Center, and MOAK 4- State Regional Exhibition at the Springfield Art Museum. His artwork is part of many collections including, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan, Grafisk vaerksted\NAESTVED, Denmark, Franklin Furnace Artists’ Book Collection, MoMA, New York, NY, and the Lonsford Collection, Purdue University.

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