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Ouachita to host “Perpetual Frindge” exhibit by guest artist Brad Wreyford through Feb. 26

Brad Wreyford exhibitFebruary 09, 2021 - Mandy Halbert

Ouachita Baptist University’s Rosemary Adams Department of Art and Design will host “Perpetual Frindge,” an exhibit by artist Brad Wreyford of Hot Springs, Ark., through Tuesday, Feb. 26. The exhibit will be displayed in the Rosemary Gossett Adams Gallery on the first floor of Moses-Provine Hall and is free and open to the public.

“The exhibition includes a mixture of non-objective, brightly colored, energetic wall sculptures and paintings,” said Carey Roberson, associate professor of Art and Design at Ouachita. “The sculptures are primarily from found materials that are repurposed and reworked, as are his paintings.

“In Brad’s work, there is such a sense of artistic play that comes out, which is noticeable through his combinations of color, shape, layers and texture,” Roberson added.

When speaking with Roberson, Wreyford explained that the majority of materials used in his work are found materials he has collected over the years.

“He then transforms those materials, sometimes masking the original, sometimes highlighting its previous life, and then begins to see what combinations begin to really speak and connect with each other,” Roberson said. “This process might take a few days, a few weeks or even, at times, several years until that right combination is discovered.”

Originally from Shreveport, La., Wreyford earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University and later joined the Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans. He now lives in Hot Springs, Ark., where he is fine arts coordinator and teaches studio art at the Arkansas School for Math, Science and the Arts.

Ouachita’s Rosemary Gossett Adams Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, contact Carey Roberson at robersoncw@obu.edu or (501) 245-4655. Learn more about Brad Wreyford at https://www.bradwreyford.com/.

Photo by Sarah Dean