The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries recently announced two new exhibitions: Composites, featuring the works of Eddy A. López, in the McIlroy Gallery; and Sacred Treasures: Icons in the Holzhauer. The exhibitions run Oct. 30 – Dec. 1, and the galleries are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 90 minutes prior to most Mainstage and Sprint Theater performances.
The Mattie Kelly Arts Center Galleries are always free and open to the public.
Eddy A. López’s Composites features recent works that combine technologies of the 21st century with centuries-old artistic traditions. As a printmaker, López uses big data, averaging algorithms, and 500-year-old printmaking techniques to create compositions that seek beauty in a chaotic world. Using a unique process of digital layering, he compresses historical, mythological, political, and spiritual imagery into abstractions of vibrant colors, patterns, and shapes. His works juxtapose familiar images from the history of art with contemporary designs, and are executed by both traditional and digital printing methods.
López was born in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, in the midst of the Sandanista revolution. He studied at the University of Miami, earning an MFA in printmaking; Florida International University, where he completed a BFA in painting and a BA in art history; and Miami Dade College, where he earned an AA in fine arts. He is currently an assistant professor of art at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he teaches printmaking and graphic design. His artwork has been exhibited in various solo and juried group exhibitions across the US and internationally, and resides in public and private collections around the world.
Running concurrently with Composites will be Sacred Treasures: Icons in the Holzhauer Gallery. This exhibition traces the history of the icon painting tradition in the Eastern Orthodox Church, with special emphasis on painting process and historically important icon types. A selection of icons from the 18th — 20th century will be on view.