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Art faculty present work in Dordt College exhibit

November 16, 2009

Coram Deo

New artwork by professors David Versluis, Jacob Van Wyk, Matthew Drissell, and adjunct professor Doug Burg will be featured in the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery through January 14, 2010.

An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m., with each of the artists briefly discussing their work at 6 p.m.
The art faculty show includes works in graphic design, clay, paintings, collages, and photography.

David Versluis is showing his “Coram Deo” series of eight color giclée prints, featuring his own original type design, “Boudewyn.” Wood-carved lettering on a 1904 communion table handmade by Boudewyn DeKorne was the inspiration for Versluis’s digital typeface. “Coram Deo” literally means “before the face of God,” and Versluis says it carries the idea of living one’s whole life in the presence of the divine, giving honor and glory of God. His work explores and attempts to visualize the divine presence of the Lord as colorful forms, shadows, and emotions.

Versluis is also showing “Self-Portrait II,” a print from his self-portrait series that conveys the notion of the stand-in or substitute, and is dedicated to the memory of alumni artist Gerald Folkerts (1958–2009) and his “Restless Slumber” series.

Jacob Van Wyk is showing several new oil landscape and abstract paintings, as well as wheel thrown ceramic works and a clay sculpture proposal for the Sioux Center Public Library. His newest work in painting continues a Plein Aire approach to the landscape, with two on-site paintings from Oak Grove State Park and a popular tree image called “By the Creek,” originally made as a lithograph in 1996. Other images in paint and dry pastel include an abstract dream sequence and a variation of his Angel Eyes series called “No Angels.”

Matt Drissell is exhibiting a series of photo collages, cut from magazines and assembled into unusual montages for this show.

Doug Burg is displaying a series of monochrome digital photographs of found and assembled objects, some using borders and patterns created in a computer software program.

The public is invited to this free art exhibition. The Campus Center Art Gallery is open every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Dordt College offers art degrees with five different emphases: fine arts studio, graphic design, art history, teaching art, or pre-architecture.

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