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Visual Arts Center | Bates Trimble Gallery

On the Edge is a three-person exhibition acting as a call and response sounding board. The collaboration between these artists began with isolation and an installation that contemplates notions of privacy, isolation and shelter. Throughout the confusing and chaotic time of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have undoubtedly been moments of fear and hopelessness in all of us. In this exhibition, they looked to unearth the deep pain felt by those already vulnerable to poverty, dislocation and hunger.

In the current exhibition, the artists are exploring their own ideas and directions, and in this allowing a natural, sometimes visual and sometimes conceptual connect to form. Nick Poppens’ work provides personal depictions connected to home, longing and formally offer grids and guides to give way to Ceca Cooper’s structural tar. Joe Schaeffer’s loose gestures refer to the street art components, and entropy that appear in Poppens’ photos, while simultaneously making color connection to the pills adhered to Cooper’s surface. In the end, the collection of works offer a gritty and poetic reflection of our time, placing us ever so precariously On the Edge.

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