Crossroads Gallery for Contemporary Art presents Will the Circle Be Unbroken an exhibition of collage by Nathan Skiles opening May 5, 2016.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken, a selection of collage works by artist and professor, Nathan Skiles, will be on view from May 2 – June 30, 2016. Originally from Indiana, Skiles now works as a professor at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. He explains this most recent body of work as creating “a repository for diverse elements to co-exist and cross-contaminate in open-ended relationships” through collaging “symbolic motifs including heraldry, military and familial fabric patterns, quilting, and folk magic in the form of sacred geometry and Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs” on a round field.
Seeking to “subtly direct the viewer to question the complex nature of pride, identity, structure, & security” Skiles brings 12 round collage works to the Crossroads Gallery. These round works reference rose or ocular stained glass windows often found in churches. Skiles has created 2 large versions of these metaphorical windows specifically for the exhibition. These rondo collages will structurally reference the north and south rose windows of the University’s homonymous institution the Notre-Dame de Paris. Along with the more overt structure of the cathedral’s windows, more subtle elements such as the University’s official, blue and gold, color schemes will be referenced.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken will be on view from May 2 - June 30, 2016. There will be a free, public reception on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Nathan Skiles will give an artist talk at 6:00 PM.
The Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture Teatime for the Arts will be providing wine service for the opening reception.