Waterworks presents ‘Personal Geometry’

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 15, 2016

Opening reception to meet and honor the artists Friday, Sept. 16. Waterworks: A Year in Review and informal gallery talks with the artists begin at 5 p.m. followed by the reception from 6-8 p.m.


Two emerging North Carolina artists investigate the concept of Personal Geometry in a new show opening this week at Waterworks Visual Arts Center.

Heather Gordon, Durham

The exhibition, “Some Shifting and Some Time” —works on paper — represents a process of understanding and rendering out the relationships between the macrocosm and microcosm.

Gordon writes, “There is a sense that I’ve gone back to the drawing board, as all the objects in this show are drawings produced with simple tools and media including the compass and rule, ink, graphite, and flat, white surfaces.” No matter how humble the media used to produce the drawings, they still map the complex emotional flights of our hearts as human beings, as well as the patterns in nature driven by the forces of gravity and motion.

Born in 1967, Heather is the daughter of an accountant and an engineer. She received her BFA from the University of Florida in 1990 and her MFA from New Mexico University in 1995.

Gordon’s work is on display in the Norvell Gallery.

Leslie Smith, Winston-Salem

“Inner Rooms of Heart and Mind” — handmade and hand bound books and works on paper. Leslie’s work in this exhibition focuses on two main ideas, translation and science. Her work on translation concentrates on bilingual printing and visually depicting the sound of language; additionally, her work on science is concerning the passions. Leslie writes, “Early modern scholars engaged in methodical imagining, a willingness to tangibly think through an idea whether or not one would ever be able to prove it.”

She hypothesizes what if our emotions were so tangible they had physical form inside us, what shape would they take? Leslie’s suppositions create a visual and verbal vocabulary that adds to the language she uses to decrypt our shared

human experiences.

Smith holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, and a master’s degree in library science. She teaches at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art and is developing a project, exploring renaissance ideas on wonder and curiosity.

Smith’s works are presented in the Osborne and Woodson Galleries.

Also on display in the Stanback Gallery Hall and YPG Gallery is the second miniature show and sale. The exhibition of 4” x 4” artworks were created and donated through a call to artists and will benefit the museum’s most significant work, education and outreach. A public sale of these small works will take place in mid-November.

In the Stanback and Cook Gardens: Jeannette Brossart – Durham, Mosaics in the Garden – sculptures

“Personal Geometry” will be on display through Feb. 4, 2017. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. WVAC, 123 East Liberty St. Admission free, donations appreciated.

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