Brian Dehart These grayscale drawings combine portrait-type figures with abstract forms.
The drawings were created with digital and physical tools. The figures were drawn from my imagination or photographs. They were manipulated using photo editing software. Drips, splatters and other extemporaneous marks were often added to a drawing with an inkjet printer. Additions were also made with charcoal, graphite and drawing ink; subtractions—which were often extensive—were made with sandpaper and erasers. Many drawings are photographed, digitally manipulated, reprinted and reworked again.
These drawings contrast my interest in the materialistic nature of artworks—especially in the physicality of the materials and processes used to create them—with my interest in certain immaterial aspects including representation, illusion and pictorial space. The work reflects my fondness and unease with objective figuration and nonobjective abstraction.
Ron duBois Ron duBois, Professor of Art Emeritus is a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts and of the University of California, Berkeley, CA. Until retirement in 1986, he was a Professor of Art and coordinator of the ceramics program at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. He was a Fulbright professor in Korea from 1973-75 where he taught ceramics at three Korean Universities: Hong-Ik University, Seoul; Keimoung University and Youngnam Universities, Daegu. He filmed his award-winning documentary, “The Working Processes of the Korean Folk Potter” at that time.
He was a long-term grantee from 1970-1980 under the Indo-American Fellowship Program where he traveled extensively to film the traditional working processes of Indian potters. Among other projects, he filmed the entire construction of perhaps the last massive terracotta horse to be built in India, a documentary completed under National Endowment for the Humanities auspices and shown in conjunction with the Festival of India exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in 1985.
duBois was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholar Grant, the African Regional Research Program in 1987-88 to research and film document Nigerian women potters. “Yoruba Potters: Mothers and Daughters-Dada Compound.” It is the first documentation of the superb Yoruba craftswomen at work. The documentary shows the entire production of monumental size perfectly symmetrical water vessels made without a potter’s wheel to the dramatic firing of more than 1,000 vessels…the largest “open field” firing in the world.
A second documentary, “Yoruba Potters: Mothers and Daughters-Ogbena Compound” documents the process of hand building a lidded cooking bowls, using a combination of slab, hump mold and coiling techniques. When fired to a low temperature it is ideal for cooking over an open fire essential in Nigerian village life.
duBois continues to exhibit, most recently at Oklahoma State University. His work is included in the State Art Collection, and was selected for the 2009 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s(OVAC) VisionMakers exhibition spotlighting excellence by Oklahoma artists working in three dimensional and high craft media. Inside this clay jug | Kabir Inside this clay jug there are canyons and pine mountains, and the maker of canyons and pine mountains! All seven oceans are inside, and hundreds of millions of stars. The acid that tests gold is here, and the one who judges jewels. And the music that comes from the strings that no one touches, and the source of all water. If you want the truth, I will tell you the truth: Friend, listen: the God whom I love is inside.