Monday, June 15, 2009

PRESS RELEASE: W.David Powell at Pine Street Art Works

Reception: Friday June 19th 5-7
Artist's Talk @ 6:30
Contact: Liza Cowan 863 8100

Pine street art works announces an exhibition of selected works of traditional and digital collage by Plattsburgh artist W. David Powell. Collage as an art form was introduced to the canon of Modern Art by such masters as Picasso, Braque and Kurt Schwitters. Using the classical ripping and gluing techniques as well as the contemporary technology of digital montage, Powell combines images from diverse sources including comic books, scientific treatises and advertising to present evocative and colorful works that have a hook.

The show features work from several bodies of work including
The Progress Report and Between Soft Machines and Hard Science. A large collage on board, Everybody Loves McMoney from the Big Art Corpus displays Powell's acerbic take on history as presented by ripped and layered posters. Also included are new works from an homage to Dick Tracy and a series that references Martha Stewart.

The diversity of work presented here is not just about beauty; it has both meaning and wit. A common thread of cultural and social commentary runs through this collection of work and unites it, without resorting to polemics or bumper-sticker slogans.

The work will be on view until the end of June. There will be an artist's reception and presentation on Friday June 19th from 5 -7 pm. Artist's talk at 6:30