CVA Explores Boundaries of Visual Territories
By: Nathan Elias
Its what passes through our retinas and into our photoreceptors; its what we walk upon, create, destroy, or watch erode.
“Light and Landscape” is the current exhibit at the University of Toledo’s Center for the Visual Arts. The works of three renowned artists have been collected to represent this theme. Charles Matson Lume, Sage Dawson, and Ivan Fortushniak share a sense of vision pertaining to the potential of both light and landscape.
Last year, the CVA held a “Light and Mass” exhibit, however this year the focus is put on mass pertaining to earthly structures and the way light interacts and influences them. This year’s theme is in the same suit but open to a different interpretations and artistic explorations.
Charles Matson Lume is an artist who has studied across the world. His artwork and publications communicate the ideas of light, mass, and land. On Sept. 2, Matson Lume will give a discussion at 7 p.m. He will present the influence for his installations and give an understanding of the relationship to light and interior versus exterior landscapes.
“When I am making my best work, it transcends personality to something larger than me,” he said. “I am drawn to making art because I want, in part, to expand the language of art and to have experiences I couldn’t have otherwise.”
Matson Lume’s work is a combination of photography, artistic installations and breaks preconceptions of the potential of light and what it does to inanimate objects. In fact, the installations within the framing of Lume’s work become very animate and leap from the 2-Dimensional image.
“My installations are meant to be experienced, not seen via a photo or other mediated methods,” he said. “In a culture that is full of disembodied experiences, my work celebrates the sensual and the pleasures and difficulties of seeing and being alive.”
One reoccurring symbol in Matson Lume’s work is the image used to represent the human heart. There seems to be an obsession with what this image represents, and rightfully so. In pieces like “leaving,” there appear to be paper hearts, folded, and escalating into mid air, almost like an optical illusion. The hearts, in this case, linger between leaves of a tree and wings of butterflies. In the piece “wish,” Matson Lume draws our attention to the simple significance of the heart-shape drawn over fog on glass.
“I am drawn to making art because it is a powerful method of communication. My art states things I can’t. It goes places I can’t. It discovers things that are beyond my margins of personhood and understanding.”
He also shows the ability to manipulate light and cast shadows into certain symbols or graphs. A fascination with lighting designs led to a credible ability to experiment with various solid forms.
Regardless of the sentiment for things affiliated with childhood memories or symbols for tenderness, Matson Lume’s work transcends depth and often physics of light. If his work does not encourage you to look for multiple fields of dimensions in natural lighting and landscapes, then they will at least make you second guess the minute small details conjured from personal memories and experiences.
Sage Dawson, one of three artists on display for “Light and Landscape” will be hosting a discussion on Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. The University of Toledo’s Center for the Visual Arts will present the “Light and Landscape” exhibit until Oct. 3.
Charles Matson Lume will be giving a discussion at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2 at the Center for the Visual Arts.
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