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Wichita Falls Museum of Art exhibition

WFMA will host On The Verge exhibit by Matt Wedel in collaboration with LSU College of Art and Design

The Wichita Falls Museum of Art will welcome Matt Wedel and his recent sculptures, “On The Verge,” with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. On The Verge will remain displayed at the WFMA until Feb. 15, 2020.

Wedel’s sculpture collapses artificial boundaries between painting, sculpture, drawing, and ceramics. His work highlights the permeability of these mediums, and by extension, the permeability of nature and culture.

Sculptural forms feature clearly articulated flowers and loose impasto petals in both vessel-like pedestal objects to canvas-like wall sculptures. Often the imprint of Wedel’s hand or fingers remains present to reveal his gestures and suggest emotion. Focusing on mark-making as “gestures of being alive,” Wedel communicates a fearless expression of self in his sculptures’ confident shapes and natural imperfections.

Matt Wedel

 With his work, Wedel pushes ideas and materials to the verge of collapse, seeking acceptance through loss as a metaphor for environmental loss. He asks through his sculptures’ playful beauty, “What is the function and value of creativity in the face of such challenges?” Wedel believes this function is to infuse culture — our daily actions, decisions, and relationships — with reminders of hope, courage, and connection.

The exhibition is organized by LSU (Louisiana State University) Museum of Art in collaboration with LSU College of Art and Design and LSU School of Art with support from The Winifred and Kevin P. Reilly Jr. Fund. At WFMA, the exhibition is made possible by the City of Wichita Falls through a grant from the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture, the ceramics program at the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts, and MSU Texas with support from the Museum Trust.

 

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WFMA is located at 2 Eureka Circle and is open free of charge Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. Free parking is available.

Upcoming Events

  • Tours of the exhibition every Saturday, starting at 10:30 a.m.
  • Polymer Clay Workshops, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 16, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
  • All events are free and open to the public.
Matt Wedel, flower tree, 2018, porcelain, courtesy of Matt Wedel Studio
Matt Wedel, flower tree, 2018, porcelain, courtesy of Matt Wedel Studio

 

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