“SIDETRACKED: Something that causes a diversion from the original subject or activity.” This is the title of a new solo art exhibit by regional artist Doug Halloran. The exhibit opens with a public reception from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 23rd, at the Downtown Artists Co-op located at 96 Franklin St. on the square in downtown Clarksville. “Birdland”(at left) is one of the works on exhibit).
Halloran says his choice of exhibit title came about when he was reviewing his finished work.
“I was looking for some kind of common thread but, as usual, the work was an eclectic mish-mash of both photo images and pastel paintings; each image had at some point diverted from my original intention. So, I decided to explore this way of working and follow the “something” that led me to a different way of seeing.”
The pastel paintings include Halloran’s homage to Russian abstract painter Mark Rothko and Swiss expressionist Paul Klee. He says these paintings continue a series of his pastel works which he equates with jazz, poetry and spirituality and they created new technical challenges. “Flower” (at left) is among Halloran’s works on exhibit.
The photo images are a mix of abstract explorations of the same theme. These images were found in his explorations around his Cadiz, KY, home and represent Halloran’s newfound interest in digital photography which, “I have come to appreciate is not as easy as it first appeared to me.”
Halloran graduated from APSU in 1985 with a BFA in photography. He is a member of the Downtown Artists Co-op in Clarksville where he has participated in many exhibits and won the Best of Show award at the juried U.S. Bank show. He is a past member of the Lousiville, KY, Visual Arts Accociation (LVAA) and taught beginning photography at Artopia Art Center which was run by LVAA.
Halloran’s show will continue from February 23 through March 22 at the DAC gallery. Gallery hours are 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. There is no charge for admission and visitors are welcome.
Editor’s Note: Information on this exhibit submitted by Cliff Whitaker.