Richard Murai and Mary Robinson
Photography and Mixed Media on Paper
EXHIBIT DATES: MARCH 17 – APRIL 24, 2015 (closed March 28 – April 6 for Spring Break)
LOCATION: MPC ART DEPARTMENT GALLERY, 980 FREMONT ST., MONTEREY
HOURS: TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 11:00 – 4:00 (OR BY APPOINTMENT; CALL (831) 646-3060)
RECEPTION: THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 12:30 – 2:00 PM (ARTISTS’ TALK 1:00 PM)
Photography lecture by Murai: Wednesday, March 25, 6 – 8pm in ART DEPT. Rm GA101
Printmaking lecture Robinson: Friday, March 27, 12 – 1pm in ART DEPT. Rm AS101
Photographer, Richard Murai shares his dynamic photographs of life in Bhutan. Varied in style and mood, these sepia-toned images of daily life and cultural traditions, including portraits and cityscapes, are powerfully poetic.
In his own words: “Ongoing global unrest has caused extreme uncertainty, economic hardship, and a difficult emotional time for all. We continue to confront a perplexing, irrational, and extremely precarious world situation. Reluctance to accept diverse cultural, political and religious influences both here and abroad adds to the apprehension, cynicism and confusion. Becoming sensitive to unfamiliar cultures can quell much of this anxiety and may encourage tolerance and compassion. The act of picture making adds immeasurably to my understanding of the world. And the final photographs, although worlds apart, provide a reaffirmation of the oneness of the human spirit”.
Mixed Media Printmaker Mary Robinson, an art professor from South Carolina, gives us her elegant and complex prints, all in tones of black, white and grey. Her patterns and textures weave intricate passageways for our eyes to follow. Bold as well as subtle, her mark making is calligraphic and engaging.
She tells us, “I am deeply inspired by natural forms, especially tree roots, tangled vines and human arteries. I observe complex patterns of flowing, twisting fibers, and nature’s mode of creating variety within repetition. I use similar forms in my mixed media drawings and prints to express the mix of awe, reverence and anxiety I feel living on Earth in the Twenty-First Century”.
Admission is free. MPC parking fee: $2.
(use coins or two paper dollars)