Dordt Art Gallery to Display Primary Structures in Art Exhibition

Sculptures by David Versluis to be showcased in gallery

Primary Sculpture Number Eight

The Dordt Campus Center Art Gallery will display sculptures by David Versluis in the ReCollection art exhibit from Friday, December 28 to Saturday, January 26. On Friday, January 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the gallery will host a reception with refreshments and an artist talk at 7 p.m. The sculptures in this exhibition are iterations called “Primary Structures,” which reflect the integral process of combining industrial technology and materials with visual design elements and principles. The exhibition is a collection of artwork that researches the present and re-joins the past.

Describing his sculptures in the upcoming exhibition, Versluis states: “The intrinsic beauty of sculpture is that the object transforms reality into fiction without illusionary techniques—the object is representational. In addition, “Primary Structures” reveals my growing interest in how colors relate to one another as well as how colors are personally and collectively imbued with meaning. I’m especially interested in the arbitrary and sometimes ambiguous judgments and metaphors we ascribe to colors as well as humankind.”  

Versluis’s larger-scale sculptures have recently been selected for a yearlong display by the Sioux City Art Center and Sculpt Siouxland Inc. and Public Art Edina in Minnesota, as well as a permanent display on Dordt’s campus. In 2018, Versluis’s artwork was included in Chronicles of a Future Foretold, an exhibition curated by Dr. Samuel Peralta at the 33 Contemporary Gallery in Chicago. Additionally, he was a contributing artist in the Geometric Complexions exhibition in 2017, curated by Sergio Gomez for the Zhou B Art Center of Chicago.

David Versluis, professor and art department chair at Dordt College, will be retiring in May 2019.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.