ONEONTA, N.Y. -- “Yolanda Sharpe, Urban Fragments: Encaustic Painting Series” will be the first installation this academic year at the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery in the SUNY Oneonta Fine Arts Building. Twenty-five works by Art Department Chair Yolanda Sharpe will be displayed from September 13-October 23, and the artist will read selections from her “Urban Fragments” poetry collection at a reception, which will be held 5-7 p.m., Thursday, September 16.
Encaustic painting involves mixing dry pigments and molten wax to form vibrantly colorful pastes that then are applied to a surface, most commonly wood. The method dates back to at least the Fifth Century B.C., when it was popular among Greek portrait and mural painters. Sharpe’s works, some upwards of four feet across, are three-dimensional examples of the medium.
Sharpe, a native of Detroit, says this collection celebrates the city where she grew up. “My creative impetus is shaped by my formative years in Michigan, and by a desire to capture Detroit’s beauty in the midst of decay and re-ruralization,” she says. “Many of the paintings are remembrances, my meditations of Detroit. Some images invoke billboard image remnants, architecture, and the way natural forces impose upon change and neglect.”
The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery is free and open to the public 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday when the College is in session. For more information about the gallery or upcoming exhibitions, contact Gallery Director Tim Sheesley at (607) 436-2445 or visit www.oneonta.edu/academics/art/gallery.html.