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Imagination (Un)Bound

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It’s not every day that we get a peek at an artist’s process.

For many of them, it’s just personal to reveal.

But an upcoming exhibit at Berry College’s Moon Gallery provides a glimpse into the creation of a variety of pieces.

The exhibition, “Imagination (Un)Bound” features works by artists who have strong investment in the process of creating their work. Their sketches or other types of preparatory work will be displayed alongside the “final form,” or more fully resolved pieces.

The show is intended to provide a glimpse into the creative process and procedures by artists, from different generations and experiences, working with a range of media and imagery.

“This came out of a conference paper I did last fall,” said Berry art professor and Moon Gallery director Brad Adams. “I had five participating artists and they’re in the show. Then they suggested others who might like to participate. And I think that recently there’s been a lot of interests in artists’ notebooks and sketches.”

Participating artists are Brian Barr, Andy Cunningham, Al Denyer, Katie Hargrave, Travis Head, Clive King, Ross McClain, Jeff Morton, Ty Smith, Chuck Tomlins and Christina Renfer Vogel.

Adams said one of the objectives of the show is that students will be able to come to the gallery and see work that’s relevant to what they’re doing in the classroom. The public, he said, will see the working process that goes in to realizing a piece.

“The way I’m installing the pieces, I think it’ll be very clear how the artists’ process resulted in the final piece and an explanatory panel on each piece will help with that. I will give the context for what you’re looking that.”

He said examples of the “process” might be a page out of a sketchbook or notes before starting a piece.

The artists hail from a variety of places. Brian Barr, a professor at Georgia Highlands College is a graphic novelist. He’s the only local in the show which also includes artists from the University of Utah, Virginia Tech, Florida International and the University of Tulsa.

Imagination (Un)Bound opens Monday at the Berry College Moon Gallery and will be up through Oct. 26. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.

There will be an artist talk on Oct. 2 featuring Jeff Morton, Professor of Art and Department Chair at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain. On Oct. 9, Ross McClain who is an associate professor and chair of the art department at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.