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First Friday Art Opening – Memory and Place by Joey Laughlin

First Friday Art Opening – Memory and Place by Joey Laughlin

Each month we host a new artist in our building’s 2nd floor gallery at the Chesapeake Western Depot at 141 W. Bruce St. (second floor entrance is on Chesapeake). Artwork will remain on exhibit through the month. Come view the show and get a tour the Depot! We will have food and drink available!

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Artist Statement:

Hi, I’m Joey Laughlin. I’m an architect by training and enjoy drawing and painting on the side. I began water-coloring a couple years ago to explore the dynamic of place through more than just a sketch. I enjoy the somewhat messy and unspecific process of water-color and particularly appreciate it as a lens to learn from and soak in qualities of space.

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Name of Show: Memory and Place

Each place is unique in quality and atmosphere. Even the same space exhibits different qualities when experienced over time or by different people. This show looks to explore the connection between memory and place through the use of ink and color. As a process, ink is applied with varying levels of specificity. Some lines have significant wiggle to them, while others are more specific. Following the ink, water and color are then applied with varying ranges of hue and saturation. Some pieces exhibit a single wash of color, while others boast a variety. Additionally, most pieces are also paired with an associated color study, which serves to explore the range of hues best representative of the place. As a collection, these works are used as a lens through which to observe, learn about, and remember uniqueness of place.

Type of Medium: Watercolor and Ink on Paper

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