“New Things,” an exhibit by Maryville College Professor of Art Dr. Carl Gombert, is on display in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Blackberry Farm Gallery and William “Ed” Harmon Gallery throughout the month of September. A reception will be held in the gallery on Fri., Sept. 27 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m
The exhibit includes handmade rubber stamp monotypes.
“I love to draw. I love the tools and I love the processes of drawing. These handmade rubber stamp monotypes are simple drawings with ink on paper, and they all rely on radial structure to explore complexity and pattern arising from the application of simple rules,” Gombert wrote in his artist statement. “These works explore rotation and repetition as formal strategies and the patterns that emerge from the process. Many take the form of mandalas, others are inspired by traditional quilt designs. They attempt to balance opposites, relying equally on dark and light and on positive and negative shapes. Described by one critic as cerebral kitsch,’ these pieces are both humorous and serious. In this little world there is symmetry and balance and order, but neither rhyme nor reason. And, they sparkle.”