The artists at this month’s Final Fridays are full of questions, questions about self, questions about space and place, and questions about the power of symbols.
“Where I’m From, Where I Want to Be,” is printmaker Jonathan Metzger’s show at Wonder Fair, 803 1/2 Massachusetts St. After receiving his MFA from Kansas University last spring, Metzger moved to Jackson, Miss., to accept a visiting professorship at Millsaps College.
“There is a lot of talent at KU, but unfortunately, there are not a lot of jobs around here, so we lose these exceptional students,” says Meredith Moore from Wonder Fair. “We are grateful when we get to bring someone back. We show them our support and claim them as our own before they go on to bigger and better things.”
Works in this collection were influenced by Metzger’s childhood on a farm in southeast Minnesota and watching his parents at work, his father in his work shed, and his mother in the kitchen.
“I am continually fascinated how these two worlds collide to create new meanings and understandings,” he says in his artist statement.
Another printmaker on display is Matt Kuhlman, whose show is featured at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts. “Brick and Mortar” is a reflection on man’s built environment.
“The buildings we construct and the cities we establish are very intentional efforts at shaping the world as we desire it,” Kuhlman says in a statement. “I make pieces that try to offer perspectives that highlight different qualities of the manmade world and addresses some of the larger questions.”
Questions such as: What is practical and efficient about the structures? Why some buildings are viewed as impressive and others as ugly? And finally, what does the style and structure of our buildings say about our society?
'Symbols and Secrecy'
Still other questions and observations were on the mind of artist Jeremy Scott when he created the works for his show, “Symbols and Secrecy” opening this Friday at the Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. 9th St.
An exploration of the connections between religion and government, the works are meant to provoke.
“The visually symbolic images in my work each represent text, and as such, represent a certain amount of implied secrecy,” he says. “Each piece can be interpreted purely as visual imagery or decoded to include their textual denotations. The choice lies squarely with the viewer.”
Viewers on Friday can also check out Henry's Coffee Shop, 11 E. 8t St., which is exhibiting the work of four Oklahoma artists, Tanner Frady, Ashley Smith, Katie Rake and Elijah Scott. Stop by and meet the artists from 6 to 9 p.m. before dropping by the Arts Center to bid on the silent auction artwork.