Pittsburgh-based printmaker and multidisciplinary artist John Pe�a makes art as a way to explore the natural world through his daily interactions. His most recent work, titled “Daily Geology: 2015,” is a collection of drawings he made over the last five years, in which he recorded a memorable moment from each day. The exhibition will open in the Laura Mesaros Gallery of the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center on Oct. 15.
Pe�a will also speak about his work as part of the School of Art and Design’s 2015-2016 Visiting Artist Lecture Series at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A) of the CAC. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. that will open the exhibition of his works. All events are free and open to the public.
By making drawings of his daily routine, Pe�a mimics the way geological processes slowly carve out and shape forms that are both monumental and powerful. He records moments of his life as honestly and unapologetically as possible, writing about his interpersonal relationships and his struggles with anxiety and depression, as well as moments of elation, boredom, confusion and banality. He tells a story, while at the same time resisting the need to create resolution, with the hope that his audience can relate to his experiences.
Managed and programmed by Curator Robert Bridges and the WVU School of Art and 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, as part of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series.
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, call curator Robert Bridges at 304-293-2312, or email Bob.Bridges@mail.wvu.edu.
CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts
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