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'Predictions': Local artists' expressions of a future world

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[December 28, 2012]  The art exhibit "Predictions" opened on a snowy and blustery evening to a steady stream of gallery visitors. "Predictions" is the premiere event for the Logan County Art Association. The show began Dec. 20 and runs until Jan. 12 at the Lincoln Art Institute.

"Predictions" was selected as the theme for the show to coincide with the end-of-world predictions mainly represented by the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar on the winter solstice. Nine artists from Logan County contributed to the exhibit, crafting their art to address their personal views on the future, whether the world ends or, if not, how we as a species move into and create the future.

Christopher Tice, professor of art at Lincoln College, created a multi-layered piece he calls "Utility," essentially his view of what the world would resemble after a fire consumed the planet. The piece is an amalgam of ordinary objects he placed on a container and finished off in his backyard forge. While the melted objects retain their shapes and seem random, Tice has created symmetry on the surface. He then mounted a video projector above the piece that shows a subtle movement, a cycle to time, in his words. "I am trying to create a visual effect on a physical surface," Tice explained.

For the exhibit, Lincoln High School teacher Jason Hoffman submitted three pieces that explore his current focus on the link between a museum exhibit and one for an art gallery. "My pieces explore a survival aspect, whether it is the end of the world or a new beginning, and how we as individuals respond to mortality," he said. To Hoffman, art is something he thinks about every day -- how what he sees can be translated into something that speaks about the issues we face in everyday life.

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Moses Pinkerton, the host for the exhibit, also contributed several pieces. "If a piece of my art turns out right, people should be able to look at one of my works and tell what it is saying," he said. He is not a big fan of the abstract movement. His piece "Ripe," a hand holding an Earth burgeoning with possibilities, is a personal view about the potential available to all of the occupants of our planet.

Bonnie Mayo's two paintings strongly express her optimism, with themes showing the sun rising on a landscape still occupied and changed by people. For her, art is "a process of thinking about a subject for several weeks and then getting to a point where it is time to put paint on canvas," she said. "I wake up one day and know the time is right to create the actual painting." She is also careful to use a frame that accentuates the focus and colors of her art.

While the photos accompanying this article give a sense of what the artists want to convey, the exhibit definitely needs to be seen in person to appreciate the creativity.

The show "Predictions" is open at the Lincoln Art Institute, 112 S. McLean, until Jan.12. Pinkerton may be reached there at 217-651-8355 for more information.


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