The first exhibitions of the fall semester at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center’s Mesaros Galleries are works by nationally recognized artists David Leigh, a painter, and Gregory Witt, a sculptor from Pittsburgh. Both exhibitions will be open through Oct. 4.

Leigh’s exhibition, titled “Tune and Noise: Recent Work by David Leigh,” will be on view in the Laura Mesaros Gallery. He will present a visiting artist lecture about his work on Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). The opening reception for the exhibition will follow at 6 p.m. at the galleries.

According to Leigh, there is a point in his creative process where things fall apart. Forms don’t work, the colors clash, space is confused.

“It’s a necessary step,” he said. “Partly because they require unforeseen actions to correct them, these obstacles become the basis for my work and generate unexpected directions in the development of my images. To a large degree, this roundabout process is responsible for the divergent quality of each finished piece, where the final images hold clues to the moves, mistakes and corrections that mapped their construction.”

The title of Leigh’s show comes from a review of Pavement’s 1992 album “Slanted and Enchanted,” where a critic wrote that the band was “good at both tune and noise.” The works in this exhibition have a similar quality: they are complex and they are meaningful, but the underlying content is clouded by a prepossessing formal noise.

The site-specific wall drawing for this exhibition is certain to be an exploration of the many themes that inform Leigh’s work—death, disease and love among them—where cartoon teeth, spit, eyes and mountains will likely collapse over one another. The wall drawing will grow organically, much like the smaller pieces in the exhibition. The artist will be assisted by students from the WVU School of Art & Design.

David Leigh is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in art history from Arizona State University, he attended the University of New Mexico, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing. He has shown his work internationally.

Gregory Witt’s exhibition, “Everyday Instruments,” will be on view in the Paul Mesaros Gallery at the Creative Arts Center and he will present a visiting artist lecture about his work Thursday, Sept. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (200A). The opening reception for the exhibition will follow at 6 p.m. at the Mesaros Galleries. All events are free and open to the public.

Employing materials and processes from carpentry, robotics, and video, Witt builds unlikely, and often absurd, versions of familiar objects and ideas.

Witt grew up in Indiana, where he completed a BFA in Sculpture at Indiana University in 2005.

With short-lived majors, ranging from computer science to philosophy, Witt says he spent most of his decade-long academic career “building boats and digging in the trash,” eventually earning a Master of Fine Arts in art from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009.

Witt’s work has been exhibited nationally, most recently at Brown University in Providence, R.I. He currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, where he is the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ Emerging Artist of the Year.

Managed and programmed by Curator Robert Bridges and the WVU School of Art & Design, the Mesaros Galleries organize a diverse and exciting schedule of exhibitions throughout the year. The galleries are committed to showing experimental work that is innovative both in terms of media and content. The Mesaros Galleries and the WVU School of Art and Design also host contemporary artists of important or growing reputation who work in all media in the Visiting Artist Program.

All Mesaros Galleries events, including art lectures, exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, from noon to 9:30 p.m. The galleries are closed Sundays and University holidays. Special individual or group viewing times may be arranged upon request.

For more information, contact Robert Bridges, curator, at (304) 293-2312.

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CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
304-293-4359, Charlene.Lattea@mail.wvu.edu

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