An exhibition of collage-based works using found materials
On View July 14 October 30 | Potter Gallery
A survey of the past ten years of artist Paul Bright's work, Matter of Style explores collage as an approach to art-making with works created from found materials in a variety of media, including paper, books, video, sound, and performance.
An opening reception will be held Thursday, July 14 from 58pm in SECCA's Potter Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public, with an artist-led gallery tour at 6pm.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
We've all heard the phrase, "oh, it's just a matter of style." But what does "style" mean when an artist's work consists of found and manipulated material from different sources, and when the work is not restricted to a single medium or "look"?
In his work, Paul Bright uses collage as an approach, not just as an art-making technique. It emerges from his "dialogue" with and concentration on found materials; found paper, found objects, found situations, found text, found images, and found sounds. Bright's work does not offer us an encompassing "style" in the usual sense. Instead of an obvious visual consistency, all of it shares a common basis in found "matter." The exhibition includes paper collages, video, an e-book, sound collages, an artist book, and a collage fashion performance. For Matter of Style, Paul Bright also asked a number of people familiar with his work to respond to it in whatever way they chose. Their responses are available HERE.
Matter as question, matter as substance, substance as style.
de/collages (collages from found, torn and taken material)
minor interventions (direct and sometimes topical collages)
[im]provvisorio (image-pairs of found objects as a book)
respiro (a video of the rhythmic movement of air)
wall (an e-book chronicling an urban surface)
bassa moda (a de/collage fashion event)
sound collages (just like it...sounds)
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Paul Bright was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Winston-Salem, NC. Following a university concentration in printmaking, Bright adopted collage as an approach, and continues to employ it across mediums. His professional history includes exhibitions, projects, residencies and collections in the US, Germany, England, Canada, Scotland, Italy, and Switzerland. Bright has also maintained an active parallel life as an arts professional in art museums, history museums and art galleries, as a graphic designer, exhibition designer, and curator. He is currently the Director of Art Galleries and Collections at Wake Forest University. He recently curated the exhibition substrata: the spirit if collage in 76 years of art for the Reynolda House Museum of Art, which is on view through July 31, 2022.
Collage Workshop & Artist Talk
Thursday, September 8, 6pm
Location: Potter Gallery at SECCA
Collaborate with artist Paul Bright on the creation of wearable collages that will be featured in Bassa Moda.2, a live de/collage fashion event at Winston-Salem Fashion Week.
Gallery Talk: Artist Paul Bright & David Houston
Thursday, September 15, 6pm
Location: Potter Gallery at SECCA
Join us for a discussion with artist Paul Bright and David Houston, director of the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum, and previously director of the Bo Bartlett Center, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the first Chief Curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Bassa Moda.2: A Live De/Collage Fashion Event
Friday, September 23, 6pm
Location: Bailey Park, downtown Winston-Salem
Join us at Bailey Park for a special performance of Paul Bright's Bassa Moda.2, a live de/collage fashion event at Winston-Salem Fashion Week.
MATTER OF STYLE:
For Matter of Style, Paul Bright asked a number of people familiar with his work from the last ten years to respond to it in whatever way they chose. Their responses are collected here, and range from essays, to poems, to reflections even other artworks created in dialogue with his. Their authors are also diverse; artists, scholars, poets, museum professionals, musicians, as well as others responding to the work from their own non-specialist interest. Many of the respondents have hyphenated professional identities that reflect their range of activity and thought.
For me, it has been hugely gratifying to have these contributors generously add what I feel is an illuminating dimension to Matter of Style.
The respondents are listed below.
Their contributions are followed by an essay by artist Paul Bright.
Director, Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art
Artist / Professor
Poet / William R. Kenan Jr. Chair in the Humanities, Wake Forest University
Artist / MD Resident
Artist / Facilitator
Poet / Performer / Scholar
Artist / Educator
Professor Emeritus, Wake Forest University; Co-Editor, Journal of Black Mountain College Studies
Poet / Professor
Pianist / Professor Emeritus, Wake Forest University
Artist / Art Historian
Curator of Visual Art Programming, Brooklyn Public Library / former SECCA Curator of Contemporary Art
Musician-Composer (responding with a live musical performance)
Matter of Style
An Essay by Artist Paul Bright