Paintings by Daniel Calder on View at Mary Baldwin’s Hunt Gallery

August 12, 2004

An exhibition of recent paintings by Daniel Calder will be on view at Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Gallery August 30 to September 24, 2004. The exhibition consists of two distinct, though related, bodies of work: nine acrylic diptychs on wooden panels that emphasize physicality, casualness and chance, and the juxtaposition of color fields; and, a small series of five more overtly conceptual pieces where Calder questions meaning and context in the art world, and within the art form of painting in particular.

Calder lives in Glen Allen, Virginia, where he works as an artist and a professional framer. He earned a BFA and an MFA in painting from the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 1990 Calder has consistently exhibited his work in both solo and group shows at a variety of venues, including 1708 Gallery (Richmond), Period Gallery (Omaha, Nebraska), Limner Gallery (New York City), Ellipse Art Center (Arlington, Virginia), M.A.R.S. Artspace (Phoenix, Arizona), and Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, D.C.).

Calder says the following about his new work: “Any serious artist who looks beyond his or her specific subject matter must contend with painting’s chronic need to be redefined in order to play a relevant role in contemporary art. The longer I work the more subtle and perplexing I find the problems inherent to painting.”

A reception will be held on Monday, September 6, 4:30-6:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. Hunt Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of contemporary work in all media by regionally and nationally recognized artists. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the college’s academic year.