McDaniel College's Department of Art and Art History presents “As You Will,” a mixed media exhibit by Marty Weishaar, September 25 through October 17 in The Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall. The opening reception will be held Thursday, September 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with an artist talk beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Weishaar's seemingly disorganized objects are thoughtfully constructed of common materials such as packing tape, zip ties, cardboard, matchbox cars and spray foam. At first glance, these forms (that rarely include a right angle) seem to be both toppling and rising at the same time. His work forms symbolic relationships between traditional and nontraditional materials with various historical approaches, such as conceptualism and intuitive abstraction. Connections are made between two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects, systematic abstract paintings, diarist drawings, airplanes, bridges and buildings.
Marty Weishaar graduated from American University in 2007 with a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting. In July of 2010, Marty was a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center. There he met Serena Perone and the two of them completed an exhibit titled “Exit Strategies” at the Creative Alliance. He has exhibited at the Amalie Rothschild Gallery in Baltimore, The Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Community College, SPACES in Cleveland, OH, and 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, FL. In addition, Weishaar exhibited two mechanical matchbook car tracks at ArtScape and Axis Alley in 2011. Participants were allowed to play with the sculpture by moving mechanical cranks to pull toy cars along the tracks. Later in 2011, Weishaar’s work was exhibited at Goucher College in a show titled “See I Made It,” which included fifty-seven drawings and four kinetic matchbox-car tracks. Last year Weishaar had a solo show, “Which Side are You On?,” at VisArts in Rockville.
The Rice Gallery is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. For more information about the artist, please visit http://martyweishaar.com/. For information and to confirm gallery hours, please call 410-857-2595.
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