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‘Restless Slumber’ exhibit ends March 1

January 10, 2003

The work of Canadian artist Gerald Folkerts is now being featured at the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery through March 1. The exhibit is open to the public every day, 7:30 a.m. through 10:30 p.m.

An award winning artist, Folkerts created the body of work titled “Restless Slumber” during a troubled and transitional time in his life. “The notion of sleep as an appropriate metaphor for exploring the kind of vulnerability I was living seemed an intriguing possibility,” commented Folkerts. The exhibit probes the tension between providence and what humanity experiences on a daily basis – our own vulnerability.

Drawing from personal experience, Folkerts’ work suggests that the stability we expect in our daily lives is often quite shallow and insecure, sometimes only one step away from sickness, a lost job, etc. “Restless Slumber” is an attempt to explore issues and invite the viewer to reflect on possibilities without providing simplistic answers, or generic solutions. Restless Slumber

Gerald Folkerts background in art traces back to his Dutch-immigrant parents. His father was an amateur painter who taught Gerald that an artist should seek to reflect the beauty and glory of God’s creation in his or her work, “suggesting to my impressionable mind that realism was the highest form of flattery to God, and a landscape was the most acceptable subject matter for a work of art.”

His transition into abstract art was a response to inherited Dutch sensibilities, which wouldn’t allow him to waste the leftover paint on his palette when creating artwork. “It came to me one day that this leftover paint could be used for a higher purpose, and so it was that as I began to work on the rather large sleep paintings, I would apply the leftover paint to a smaller canvas by my side with a kind of freedom and abandonment that I had not experienced in painting before,” recalls Folkerts. “For some this may seem a small thing, but it has been personally gratifying and thrilling to see some of this abstract playfulness enter back into my work.”

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