James Long Jr. and Clover Long: Material Color Line

On exhibit from June 14 - August 25
Opening Reception: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 4-6pm at the Grady Alexis Gallery

Children's art inspires an exhibition of new works at El Taller Latino Americano's Grady Alexis Gallery. Color Material Line is an exhibition of works by artist James Long Jr. The reception is free and open to the public on June 14, 2016 from 4pm - 6pm. The exhibition is on view from June 14 - August 25, 2016. 

In Color Material Line, artist and teacher James Long Jr. has been working from his fascination for how children develop a graphic language. This show features his daughter's, Clover (age 9), drawings made with the software Sketchbook Pro on an I-pad and his appropriation of those forms that are later developed into two and three-dimensional works. One such noted work is taken from Clover's post-it note drawing, "Hansel and Gretel Treasure Chests," that is then seen as sophisticated paintings on walnut tree wood, "Appropriation Collaboration." In another, a shared game of blowing bubbles produces images that move and flow and that portray levity in contrast to a neighboring block of steel, mounted on steel wheels, and set on a large piece of unfinished Oak. The effect of these works demonstrates the beauty of the natural and man made world through the lens of play. 

Born in Annville, Pennsylvania, James Long Jr. is an artist and art teacher in New York. Long received his BFA in sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1994, his MFA in sculpture from Bowling Green State University in 1996, and his MA in art education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2003. Long was a recipient of two Fellowships, a Peace Corps Fellowship and an American India Foundation Fellowship, for his work in art education. Long has exhibited his work at many venues including the Austin Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, Ghana's National Museum, Columbia University in New York City, and many galleries in Baltimore city. Most recently James Long was an artist in residence at Franconia Sculpture Park in Franconia Minnesota. 

Camila SanchezJune 2016