Photographer Wood has work on display at Center
Photographer John Wood will have more than 200 pieces of his work on display in his exhibition "John Wood: On the Edge of Clear Meaning" at three locations, including the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History on Feb. 22-April 9.
An opening reception will be held Friday, Feb. 25, at 5-8 p.m. at the Center, located at 415 Main St. in Lewiston. The reception, which will feature refreshments, is free and open to the public.
Wood, who is his late 80s, will also have his work on display at the University of Idaho's Pritchard Art Gallery and Reflections Gallery.
Wood was born in California in 1922. Because of the Depression, his family made frequent moves in search of stable work for his father. In the third grade, Wood began taking drawing classes at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, N.Y.
In 1942, Wood volunteered for the Army Air Corps, where he trained as a B-17 pilot. After the war, Wood studied visual design and photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago, Ill.
Wood introduced the use of drawing, collage and every other technique he could get his hands on into his photography. The use of this multimedia caused an uproar in photography during the 1960s.
Wood currently resides in Baltimore, with his wife, Laurie Snyder, who teaches photography at the Maryland Institute of Art. They migrate each summer to their home and studio in Ithaca, N.Y.
Also at the Center for Arts & History in Gallery IV, Washington State University assistant professor of Art, Sculpture Area Coordinator Nickolus Meisel will have his sculpture work on display. Meisel shows his work nationally and internationally and in 2002 was added to Seattle's Roster of Emerging Public Artists. He has since completed commissions in the Chinatown International District of Seattle and Edmonds, Wash.
"My immersive spatially based work is centered on site-conditionality; a notion that a work evolves out of the qualities of specific places," Meisel said of his work. "These room sized three-dimensional abstractions exist somewhere between performance and object. Tricycle, sited in the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History front window space, was created while listening to audio generated from my correspondence with the Exhibition and Programming Coordinator in planning the exhibition. My interest in the qualities of spaces extends to the qualities of materials and how they are connected, how they behave physically and how they behave optically. Often bright colored in nature, these materials (string, tape and other miscellaneous detritus) are treated like marks engaging the space as a canvas. An improvisational chain of events on display, Tricycle is reflective of my response to the space, the audio composition and the materials I bring along."
The Center for Arts & History is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.