Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Three Birmingham Artists Offer Unique Perspectives in Exhibit

Cory Casella, Melissa Shultz-Jones, and Paul Cordes Wilm are Birmingham artists with very unique perspectives, and their work will be showcased in the exhibit The Amazing Art of Local Curiosities at the Central Library's Fourth Floor Gallery from May 7 to June 26, 2015.

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the Boardroom on the fourth floor.

On Saturday, June 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Casella will share his technique of drawing in pen with one continuous line. The event will be held in the Story Castle, 2nd Floor at the Central Library. Registration requested; call 226-3670.

On Tuesday, June 16, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Shultz-Jones will lead a “Hero Art” session for children and accompanying adult family members in the Story Castle. Registration requested; call 226-3655.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS AND ARTWORK


One Liner Artwork: Cory Casella
Octopus by Cory Casella


Birmingham resident and software-developer Casella’s “one-liners” are a labyrinth of ink; he draws with one continuous line that never crosses over itself, forming intricate landscapes and animals. Though he picks up his pen to take breaks, he also starts from the place he left off.

“I have found for me that my creativity is born from constraint. Having the constraint of only having one line allows me to focus on making shapes and shadows in interesting ways.”




The Common Bizarre: Melissa Shultz-Jones


Southside by Melissa Shultz-Jones
A Birmingham painter and illustrator, Shultz-Jones’s work is largely inspired by the Magic City. Her primary media are watercolor, gouache, and india ink. She layers “striking silhouettes, textures, and intricate patterns to celebrate the singular Birmingham.”

“These works illustrate my love for narratives, especially those storied realms of gods and their milieu,” she said about her art. “Birmingham's homeless population is of particular interest to me. They are monuments on their own corners, and they deserve equal portrait alongside any structure. Isolation, misconception, and alienation unify us all in this ever changing narrative we call Birmingham…”





ALabstraction by Paul Cordes Wilm
ALabstractions: Paul Cordes Wilm

Wilm’s “ALabstractions” is a series of paintings that plays with the shape of the state of Alabama.

Wilm is a Southern painter, born and raised in Alabama who currently lives in Birmingham. His work has been dubbed “Folk-Pop,” and for better or for worse, he decided to continue using these two words to describe his paintings. His works are noticeably colorful, perhaps because he is red-green colorblind. There is a bit of humor and sarcasm in most of his paintings, mainly because he has a slight aversion to capitalism and consumerism. An adamant recycler, he creates his works using 90-100% recycled materials.

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