“As an artist, I am concerned with the process by which
the unknown becomes known through an encounter with the physical,” says Samuel
Fuller, Capuchin Franciscan priest, environmentalist and featured artist at The Art Gallery at Rivier University through October 26. In addition to the exhibition,
a reception and gallery talk by the artist will take place on September 28 from
7 – 9:30 p.m.
By his own admission, Fuller’s work “entails a freedom
of the unconscious rooted in the conviction that beneath the appearance of
things, there is an unseen order which if allowed to manifest itself on its own
terms will do so as unity.” His sculptures, made of the clay of
the earth, are a “response to space as a vibrant and palpable presence”; they
are abstract forms often hinting at human form.
confirms the familiar adage that ‘the artist creates the art and the art
creates the artist.’ In approaching each piece, his process begins with an
unusual subtractive method of building with clay, a method that allows him a
certain freedom from conventional restraints.
hollowing out the clay, he works it ‘solid’ and also fires it ‘solid,’ says
Sister Theresa Couture, Director of The Art Gallery. “The end results are
intensely personal and engagingly complex testimonies to the reciprocal
relationships among physical materials, form and space. Each piece ultimately
pushes and probes a metaphor for a view of life that boldly embraces openness,
authenticity, and the unmistakable thrust toward wholeness that permeates, and
in the end validates, the intrigue of ambiguity.”
“Prayers from the Earth: The Sculpture of Samuel Fuller” will be on view from September
18 through October 26; it is free and open to the public. The Art Gallery is
located on the second floor of Memorial Hall on the Rivier University campus at
420 South Main Street in Nashua.Regular
open hours are listed below.The Art
Gallery is accessible by elevator and six low steps.
GALLERY OPEN HOURS
Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Patrons can call (603) 897-8280 or email email@example.com for additional
information, or visit the Gallery’s webpage at www.rivier.edu/artgallery.