TAG/The Artists Gallery of Frederick presents
Light and Gravity: Two artists explore the elements
in painting and sculpture
"Gravity and Other Scientific Facts"
Sculptures by Luc Fiedler
"In a Certain Light:
Scenes of Frederick & Beyond" A series of paintings by Tom Semmes
October 6–October 29, 2017
O P E N I N G R E C E P T I O N
First Saturday, October 7, 5:00–9:00 pm
During October two artists new to The Artists Gallery will have solo exhibitions at TAG.
Luc Fiedler will show sculpture in an exhibition titled “Gravity and Other Scientific Facts.”
“A longtime nemesis of architecture and sculpture, gravity not only influences how we humans build our structures, but influences how plants and animals grow, how streams and tides behave, and how planets are formed,” Fiedler says.
This show looks at the elemental forces’ impact on life, and other areas of science. “As scientists are keen to say, ‘The more we know, the more we realize what we do not know,’” he says. “These works are my exploration into the eternal questions: what’s it all about? The sculptures can be read literally, but my aim is to be more poetic.”
Fiedler resides in Mt. Airy, Md., and is the owner of Elf Studios, specializing in metal fabrication and casting. He is a sculptor who works in metal, wood, and stone and received his MFA from University of California, Santa Barbara. His favorite medium is bronze casting. His work has been shown in Maryland, Philadelphia, Seattle, West Virginia, California, and Virginia totaling over fifty national, state, and regional exhibitions.
While his primary focus is his own sculpture, he also works with other artists, architects, and designers on a variety of projects ranging from replications to custom built signs, architectural hardware, repair and restoration.
Tom Semmes will show paintings in an exhibition titled “In a Certain Light: Scenes of Frederick & Beyond.”
“This is my first solo show at TAG, and I am excited to share my recent work,” he says. “Art to me is a path of discovery. When I pick up a paintbrush I see the world with a fresh eye, and I hope viewing the result will do the same for viewers.”
Semmes’ paintings—done in oil on canvas, paper, and panel—focus on the modern landscape.
“I often chose urban scenes where I find a tenuous and often curious balance between nature and man, the animate and the inanimate. Many of my scenes will be familiar to Frederick residents and will reveal its rare combination of historic beauty and funky charm."
“Recently I have sharpened my sensitivity to changing light and weather by painting outdoors, but I most often finish my painting in the studio, searching for a sense of timelessness using a careful composition and subtle color.”
Semmes says that people often compare his work to Edward Hopper and agrees it is reminiscent of Hopper’s sense of light and solidity of form. “But instead of a theme of urban isolation, I delve into the hidden mystery in the ordinary: a liquor store, suburban street, a farmhouse seen by a passing car—each detail has a part to play. My intention is that my artwork will give you a new appreciation of light and form as it is reflected in the world around us.”
TAG will also have a new show of work by the other members of the gallery. These shows all run from October 6 through 29, with an opening reception from 5 to 9pm during First Saturday on Oct. 7.
IMAGES (L to R)
• Tom Semmes, “Discount Liquors”
• Tom Semmes, “The Visit”
• Luc Fiedler, "Quark"
• Luc Fiedler, “Door”
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TAG/The Artists Gallery is an artist-owned gallery established in 1990 and features monthly solo exhibitions by members, as well as ongoing group exhibitions. A rich variety of subjects and mediums is always on view, ranging from realistic to abstract, and traditional to experimental mixed media creations. Please drop in and discover the wealth of talent right here in Frederick!