Fishing pier experience provides impetus for joint art exhibit
November 4, 2010
PLAINVIEW – John Chinn and Gary Brown have spent many hours at the Horace Caldwell Pier in Nueces State Park over the past six years. While some would enjoy the quiet, relaxation and time spent fishing, the artistic pair found inspiration for art.
The culmination is a new exhibit at the Abraham Art Gallery at Wayland Baptist University titled “Nightfish,” a collection of works the pair created with the fishing theme. Chinn is a member of the art faculty at Texas Tech and works primarily in airbrush. Brown teaches at a community college in Laredo, and his artwork includes a combination of collage and bas-relief printmaking.
Along with works by Chinn and Brown, the gallery will devote some space to a collection of photographic art by a collection of area artists, titled Off Center.
“When I began talking to John about putting together an exhibition of his work, he mentioned his friend Gary Brown and recent works they had respectively done inspired by vacations to Port Aransas on the Texas Coast,” said Dr. Candace Keller, professor of art and curator of the Abraham Gallery. “The gallery space is large, so we discussed bringing in other artists who work mostly in alternative photographic processes to fill out the exhibition.”
Chinn said the Nightfish pieces represent a cultural scrapbook of sorts.
“We’ve observed the social bonds between the local fishermen and visitors who spend the late night hours under the pier’s artificial light and the night sky of the Gulf coast,” Chinn said. “The ritual conversation is always about fishing and compared experiences. The pier is a communal space for strangers and friends to share a common story.”
Off Center will feature a variety of works. Photographer Ashton Thornhill will bring his dark and light work to the table, while Robin Germany will show pinhole camera images. Kerry Campbell and Denny Mingus will contribute high dynamic range photography, and Tricia Earl will present digital photo collage works. Chinn will contribute laser-cut pieces to that show as well. Manual Gonzales will have printmaking and painting works and Carol Flueckiger will provide cyanotype paintings.
A reception for the artists is planned for Saturday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the gallery and adjacent atrium space in the lower level of the Mabee Learning Resources Center. The show will run through Dec. 7.
The gallery is free and open to the public during regular hours of the LRC: 10-5 Monday through Thursday, 10-4 Friday and 2-5 Saturday. For more information, call 291-3710.