Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Solo Exhibition, “Progression: Works by Daryl Thetford” at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for Arts

"Do Not Stand" by Daryl Thetford 

 "Man in a Boat" by Daryl Thetford

"Juggler" by Daryl Thetford

The Solo Exhibition, “Progression: Works by Daryl Thetford” will be at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence Alabama, March 23-May 1

"The nature of chaos inspires my work," says Thetford.  "Photographic Collage provides a means to reflect and express the tension between our fragmented struggle for understanding and simultaneously articulate the beauty that can emerge from disorder.  My work challenges the existing structures we use to cope with disarray, and suggests that, through a studied and coherent reassembling of fragments, we can gain a more diverse and integrated view of the world and ourselves."

The use of color and texture in Thetford's work is different from many artists involved with any type of digital process.  He does not use color or texture filters, but rather actual photographs to create compositions.

"My process begins when I take photographs - focusing on signs, train cars, graffiti, urban walls, newspaper boxes, cracks in wooden walls, metal, worn and weathered painted walls, as well as old maps, and other Americana ephemera that I find on my travels.  I usually take close-up shots using a tripod and cable release for quality and clarity. "

The colors in all of Thetford's photographs originate from his subjects. Numbers and rust often derive from train cars; letters and words come from signs and graffiti, torn paper and pieces of posters are from exterior poster walls.

After developing the images from raw digital files, Thetford alters a specific image to black-and- white, and then begins a process of cut and paste that he has developed, using multiple images of close-ups of paint, followed by photographs of signs.  Numerous other photos are added and overlapped.  Although he has used as few as 10 images to create simple images, often 60 or more photographs are used in this process.

Thetford's photographs have been featured in exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Mobile Museum of Art in Alabama, the Museum of Anthropology of the University of California-Chico, the Hunter Museum, CreateHere, and the Association for Visual Arts in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the San Diego Art Institute, and Urban Art Works in Alpharetta, Georgia, and the SMart Multimedia Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thetford's work is in private, public, corporate collections, including those of Winnow Press and the Texas Office of Tourism in Austin, the National Security Agency in Collierville, Tennessee, the Mayor's Office, City of Hoover, Alabama, and Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa.

Last year, Daryl Thetford was selected to participate in Art in Motion, a project sponsored by Public Art Chattanooga - a new initiative designed to transform Chattanooga, Tennessee's downtown electric shuttles into mobile public art works.  His proposal was one of five selected from 38 submissions consisting of two-dimensional designs to wrap on the zero-emission electric buses. Also in 2011, his work was shown at the art fair, Art Dallas, represented by Tanner-Hill in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  His photograph, Money, was featured in the June, 2011 issue of international publication Twill #14, a trilingual magazine based in Paris.
In 2012, Thetford will have a solo exhibition at the Jung Center of Houston.  For additional information about the artist visit www.darylthetford.com

"Progression: Works by Daryl Thetford" at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Florence Alabama runs from March 23rd through May 1st, 2012.  The Center, which is a gallery, educational facility, museum and center for coordination and promotion for cultural activity is located on 217 East Tuscaloosa Street.  The gallery is open from 9:00 am - 5 pm on Monday through Friday. For additional information contact Mary Nicely at (256)760-6379

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