March 30, 2017

First Thought, Best Thought: Spring Gallery show

At left, Greg Dickerson's "Untitled" (mixed media on board), and at right, Gregory Fitz's "Aurora Borealis" (acrylic on foil-faced polyisocyanurate foam).

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery presents a spring show of paintings by Seattle artist Gregory Fitz and Greg Dickerson, Art and Art History faculty and local painter. Curated by Art and Art History Department Chair Carol Lee Chase, First Thought, Best Thought explores the immediacy of paint and runs at the Gallery April 8-May 21.

"Dickerson and Fitz are agile mark-makers who share an interest in spontaneity within their respective approaches to painting," says Chase. "Color, line, gesture and form are emphasized in this show of abstract compositions."

Dickerson, an adjunct art professor at MCAD and St. Kate's, seeks tactility in his small, mixed paintings. His art combines thick layers of acrylic paint, pieces of fabric or tape, and chalky linear drawings to create energetic images he calls "accidental responses."

Dickerson's constellations of densely colored paintings are balanced by Fitz's series of large, sparse compositions. He applies acrylic paint and spray paint to foil-faced foam insulation sheeting, a surface that reflects light through translucent layers of paint. "The foam is a utilitarian material intended to conserve energy and contribute to comfortable shelter," Fitz writes about his paintings. "As a support panel for a painting, I hope it acts as an open-ended question about consumption and permanence in an advanced industrialized society and economy."

For Gallery Director Nicole Watson, First Thought, Best Thought is as much about the process as it is the final works. "Both Dickerson and Fitz are interested in spontaneity — they let their intuition guide their compositions," she says. "Though their approach is similar, the results are completely different, creating an energetic and diverse exhibition of abstract paintings."

The artists will be present at the opening reception on Saturday, April 8. First Thought, Best Thought runs concurrently with Still | Tense, the Catherine University Juried Senior Exhibition.

Exhibit events and details

First Thought, Best Thought will be on view at the Gallery April 8–May 21.

  • Opening reception: Saturday, April 8, 6–8 p.m.
  • Conversation with the Curator: Monday, April 10, 11 a.m.

All events are free and open to the public. Visit the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery website for visiting hours and more information.

Senior Juried Exhibition

The 2017 spring senior exhibit, Still | Tension, showcases the talent of St. Kate's graduating studio art and art education majors. This year, the four students excel in a variety of mediums and techniques, designing final capstone projects that push them artistically and intellectually.

Still | Tension runs from April 8–May 21, with an opening reception on Saturday, April 8, 6–8 p.m.