Ross Art Museum Features Works by Pamela Becker, Class of 1964, and Clark Winter, Class of 1973
DELAWARE, Ohio Pamela Becker observes the natural world around her,
distills it to its essence, and rebuilds it using colors, shapes, and
textures that imbue it with fresh intensity and energy. Clark Winter
searches for wonder in everything he sees, and uses his camera to capture glimpses of a world that provides ³amazement even in the simplest moments² for those who truly look.
These Ohio Wesleyan University alumni and accomplished artists will be
exhibiting their work at OWU¹s Richard M. Ross Art Museum from Sept. 30
to Nov. 2. The artists also will visit campus on separate occasions in
October to discuss their muses and media in free, public presentations.
³If we simply see things as they are, it¹s quite fascinating,² says
Winter, an OWU fine arts major now living in Connecticut. ³Endlessly
intricate, interwoven, and inexplicably curiously rewarding. These
pictures reflect what I call Œthe wonder of it all.¹ Not that everything
is wonderful by any means, but rather there¹s wonder and amazement even
in the simplest moments.²
One of the images in Winter¹s ³The Wonder of It All² exhibit is a
photograph of a diorama on display at a children¹s museum. The diorama
seeks to illustrate what happens during a volcanic eruption. But stuck in the Plexiglas covering the display are several colorful, plastic
pushpins. The whimsy of the resulting image caught Winter¹s artistic eye.
³The way I see it, the volcano gives astounding energy to the birth of
little pieces of Alexander Calder sculptures,² Winter says. ³Abstract art is everywhere.²
Winter will give an illustrated talk at 3:10 p.m. Oct. 2 in Room 121 of
Edgar Hall, 35 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The discussion will be followed by a reception at 4 p.m. at the nearby Ross Art Museum.
In addition to being a respected artist, Winter is an internationally
known investor and commentator on geopolitics and global financial
markets. Learn more about Winter at www.clarkwinterphotography.com.
While Winter uses a camera to capture the wonder of his world as it
exists, Becker reinvents her surroundings using myriad materials and
³Whether walking on a beach or working in the garden, exploring and
recording what I see has always been my interest,² says Becker, a New
Jersey resident who majored in romance languages at Ohio Wesleyan.
³Consider the ephemeral quality of light shining onto and through the
leaves of trees, the foam created when a wave breaks, or the amazing
things a sunset does to the color of clouds. It is in seeking to
understand and relate the various aspects of a subject to each other that I find my subject matter.²
One of the pieces in Becker¹s ³Metamorphosis² exhibit is a painted fabric construction depicting Tonga Bay.
³Working with layers of fabric to reconstruct images of the landscape has occupied me for over twenty years,² Becker says. ³When hung on the wall, gravity allows each piece to take the shape which has been built into it.Then the work becomes part of the flow, which is the river of my
Becker will give a gallery talk at 4:10 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Ross Art
Museum. Of her work, Hildreth York of the Hunterdon Art Museum in New
Jersey has said: ³Pamela Becker¹s art is about patterns and constructs.
They are the personal, authoritative esthetic signatures of this artist.²
Learn more about Becker at http://pamelaebecker.com.
Ohio Wesleyan¹s Richard M. Ross Art Museum, 60 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is handicap-accessible and admission is always free. Call (740) 368-3606 or visit http://ross.owu.edu for more information.
Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation¹s premier
liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private
university offers 86 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA
Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging,
internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and
leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world
experience. OWU¹s 1,750 students represent 46 U.S. states and territories and 43 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book ³Colleges That Change Lives,² listed on the latest President¹s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S.News & World Report and Princeton Review ³best colleges² lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.