Terry Eise Comes to GCCR
The Gay Community Center of Richmond (GCCR) is showcasing the artistic works of Terry Eise with Up Close and Personal, opening this Friday, March 8th, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 PM.
Typically Eise’s work is large-scale, representational, and incorporates major influences ranging from abstract expressionism, to Andy Warhol, to David Hockney. These inspirations have helped him to realize the vision he wants to create with his artwork.
The title of the show references how he wants the viewer to experience his paintings.”I not only want you to see the image,” said Eise, “but I kind of want you to go up on the image and see the brush strokes. So you can see how it is kind of built…How it is put all together.” influences has brought him to want to shake things up and make them larger than life. “Like those two girls,” Eise said referencing his painting Two Women, “that’s five feet by five feet. If you put that in your house, or apartment, or loft, they won’t go away.”
His exhibition comprises over ten years of work ranging from the very large, with a 54″ X 84″ painting of himself in a swimming pool, Casa Alante, to the small, with Amber, a 24″ X 24″ painting of Guess’s model, Amber Heart. His work is striking in its imagery, “It’s all visual,” said Eise, “it comes from tons of places. It comes from magazines, it can come from a photograph.”
The GCCR and Eise are extremely excited about this exhibition which marks the first of three coming to the GCCR this year. They haven’t had a show in a long time and the opening of Eise’s work is the sort of rebirth of what the GCCR once was. “Oddly enough, when the Gay Community Center first opened, they said they had a gallery. And so I called.” Said Eise.
Eise wished to explain the reasoning behind picking the GCCR’s art space for his exhibition. “I have a real hard time with the typical art scene no matter whether it is in Richmond or New York. It just always seem just a little bit not like me. I knew that I would feel comfortable. I knew I would feel comfortable if I had an exhibit here.”
Eise hopes to draw in a diverse crowd that would have never have visited before or come to Diversity Thrift on a Friday night. Twenty five percent of the proceedings go to Richmond’s Gay Community Foundation. Check out Terry’s artwork here.
The exhibition runs from March 8 through April 12.
Images via Art 180 and Bill Harrison Everyone loves ROSMY – the Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth – and now’s your chance to come out and show that support! For the past month, a collection of the youth’s multi-media art work has been on display in the gallery area at the GCCR and the exhibit [...]October 25, 2013
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