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Sept. 25, 2003

UW-RF Exhibit Features New Mexico Artist

Artist John Garrett from Albuquerque, N.M, will exhibit his artwork at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Gallery 101 from Sept. 28 to Oct. 19.The exhibit in the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building is free and open to the public.

Garret has worked with the application of textile technologies and imagery to various materials for the past 25 years. The basket forms in the show are made from a variety of materials ranging from engraved sheet copper to parachute cord. These art forms explore ideas as diverse as homeland security and family relationships.

Another set of work is based on patterns derived from quilts, but are executed from diverse kinds of paper. The largest group of artwork is a net structure composed of thousands of aluminum loops connected by hand. Some pieces are densely colored and relate strongly to pattern painting, while others are monochromatic and refer to drawing.

GarrettŐs knowledge of art comes from a masters degree in design from the University of California-Los Angeles and his teaching experience at Scripps College and UCLA. Garrett will present a slide lecture on Oct. 8, at 9 a.m., in Blanche Davis Theatre. An informal reception will follow.

In preparation for the University's annual Outdoor Art Exhibition, Garret will work with students on an outdoor installation of his design. He will be in residence until Oct. 14.

For more information, contact the art department at 715/425-3266.



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