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Jacob Van Wyk displays Angel / Beast art exhibit, reception Oct. 19

October 13, 2013

Dordt College art professor Jacob Van Wyk will display recently completed work in an exhibit titled Angel/Beast. The collection is on display through November 15, in the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery. A reception will be held Saturday, October 19, from 4 to 6 p.m., with the artist talking at 5.

Van Wyk’s collection includes a range of media, including drawings, original prints in lithography and Intaglio etching, floor vessels and major sculptural works in clay. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a wall piece in clay nearly 8 feet by 13 feet, called “The Coming,” whose theme is the four horses of the apocalypse, demons, and an angel of the Lord.

Other clay works extend biblical themes of angels and beasts and include the story of Revelation 12 about the red dragon and the woman about to give birth. Van Wyk also included his own interpretation of a poem of Francis Thompson called The Hound of Heaven.

Images range from specific figures and tree images to abstract prints and drawings that capture the figurative power and mystery of movement and the human form.

Colleague David Versluis said, “For Van Wyk, the subject of Revelation is about visualizing and expressing an unseen dimension. Although the apocalyptic genre and themes of death, judgment, heaven, and hell can be disconcerting to some viewers, Van Wyk, with his unique sensory perception, chooses to focus on an astonishing apposition of strong images in Revelation. The exhibition is really about the symbolic portrayal of the artist’s imaginative ability. This is the meaning and impact of his work.”

Also on display, in the classroom building near the department of art and design, are several medium to large negative format black and white photographs, titled “Low Places.”

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