The exhibition, Leigh Anne Chambers and Jayson Lowery: Painting and Sculpture, was held at the Visual Arts Center, TCC at Olde Towne (VAC), Portsmouth, VA, January 19 through March 7, 2013. The Opening Reception took place on Friday, January 18 at 7 p.m. Prior to the Reception at 6:30 p.m., the artists presented an informal Gallery Talk about their respective art.
In her work, Leigh Anne Chambers (Courtland, VA) presented small to large-scale paintings created on familiar household items including rugs and vinyl flooring. Through her use of fluid shapes and energetic color combinations, she explored time and social ordering while challenging more traditional notions of fine art and what society considers tasteful. Considering George Bataille’s idea of “formless,” Chambers resolved to create work that has a distinctive balance of order and chance.
Jayson Lowery (Williamsburg, VA) used form and structure as metaphor for considering the human experience. Through his sculpture that included a wide range of media—marble, limestone, cast iron, bronze, wood, steel—structured shapes and organic forms interrelated as they depicted the artist’s interest in putting things together. Whether bound or free to grow, each of the constructed items represented the functions and influences on our lives and what is important to society.