BlackRock Center for the Arts is will present the work of Baltimore-based artist Bobby Coleman in the exhibition “Figs That Grew Out of Sawdust” in The Kay Gallery from Wednesday, May 4 through Saturday, June 4.
Deconstructing objects, symbols, and colors found within the urban landscape, Bobby Coleman creates deeply layered compositions in abstract paintings and constructions that echo the chaos and visual noise he encounters in daily life. For his solo exhibition, “Figs that Grew Out of Sawdust,” the Maryland artist has created a series of new works where each element represents a recalled visual memory, simplified into line, color, or form.
Developing paintings using a process driven approach, Coleman constructs plywood panels that reference history and building, often exposing the way they were made with visible internal spaces and structural relief elements. Manipulating imagery across these large-scale planes of engineered wood using latex house paint, sharpie markers, and spray paint in bright colors, he builds his paintings using a personal visual language that is constantly evolving.
Coleman, whose hometown is Mt. Airy, earned his BA in Studio Art from McDaniel College in Westminster and his MFA in Painting from American University. The artist currently lives and works in Baltimore.
The center will host a Meet the Artist Reception on Saturday, May 14 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm where artist Bobby Coleman will deliver a brief artist talk. It is free to attend the Meet the Artist Reception and to view the exhibition.
The galleries at BlackRock are open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and also during select evening and Sunday hours when performances and classes are offered at the nonprofit arts center. Call 301-528-2260 to confirm open hours for specific dates. Admission to the galleries at BlackRock is always free.
Photos courtesy BlackRock Center for the Arts.