BANDON - The Bandon Library Art Gallery features two exhibits through March 31. On the walls, the abstract paintings of Geralyn Inokuchi and, in the cases, porcelain sculpture by Cary Weigand.
"Looking beyond the bursts and swirls of color in Inokuchi's abstract paintings, we find that the magic and power of these works is in their depths. Moving in to look closely, one is pulled deeper and farther into the many small moments happening within the larger canvas. Interplays of contrasting color create small eddies in the larger storm, and mysterious darkness contains surprising saturations of pure color.
"And there is texture—created by adding fibrous papers and painting over them, or removing areas of color to reveal what is layered below. A spirit of exploration is evoked, and the viewer is asked to take the time required to really see what is there, and to return again and again with fresh eyes. These paintings hold rich rewards for such efforts."
Weigand's carefully wrought figures are alive with personality and character and come straight out of stories and myths.
"Each piece seems to have a tale behind it, a tale of humans and animals traveling together in unexpected combinations, or in relationship to one another in mystic ways. There are no clichés here: a woman and a dog ride together on the back of a buffalo; a possum is curled into a pack on the back of a young woman in a cart; an ancient figure sits with an owl and wears a the head of a mysterious creature on her own head, shaman-like. There are mysteries behind these pieces. Cary mixes extremely fine work with cruder areas of slab, a technique that makes them seem as ancient as the stories they remind us of, and create."
The Library Art Gallery is open during regular library hours.