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Drissell exhibit at Dordt art gallery
October 21, 2008
A faculty art show by Professor Matt Drissell, Sioux Center, will be featured at the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery through Nov. 30. A public opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The display by Dordt College’s newest art faculty member is titled “Time Out.” It includes ink and graphite drawings that were part of Drissell’s MFA (Master of Fine Arts) thesis exhibition at the New York Academy of Art, where he graduated in 2007 with a concentration in painting.
Drissell earned his B.A. at Wheaton College (IL), and an art teaching certification from Cardinal Stritch University. Before coming to Dordt College, he taught middle school art in Milwaukee, WI, and high school art in St. Louis, MO.
His artist statement for the show draws from Wendell Berry’s essay “Style and Grace,” which says, “Works of art participate in our lives; we are not just distant observers of their lives. They are in conversation among themselves and with us. This is a part of the description of human life; we do the way we do partly because of things that have been said to us by works of art, and because of things that we have said in reply.”
Drissell adds, “As an individual intentionally seeking community, I strive to make art that initiates conversation – a personal, honest conversation about the human experience. Using my graphic sensibilities, I draw in a calligraphic way, evoking a delicate simplicity. My lines capture moments of discovery and decision as I juxtapose the sensible with the absurd, the real with artificial, the tender with the awkward, the innocent with the experienced. Ultimately, the incongruous is both humorous and very, very serious.”
The Campus Center Art Gallery is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Dordt College offers art degrees with five different emphases: fine arts studio, graphic design, art history, teaching art, or pre-architecture.