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SMOKE: Works of Art by Dennis Lee Mitchell and Steven Spazuk

Art Show, Art Talk, Drawings/Works on Paper, Gallery

Jerald Melberg Gallery is pleased to present SMOKE, a two-person invitational exhibition of work by Dennis Lee Mitchell and Steven Spazuk. Both artists create works on paper and panel purely with smoke from a burning flame. This exhibition marks both Mitchell and Spazuk’s first in the state of North Carolina. Dennis Lee Mitchell lives and works in Washington, D.C. and is a 2016-2017 recipient of a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant. His recent works are smoke drawings on paper, beautiful mandalas that resemble organic forms like large-petaled flowers and spiral shells. Mitchell’s work is in the permanent collection of the Illinois State Art Museum, Chicago, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City and the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Steven Spazuk lives and works in Montreal, Quebec and has been working in fumage (smoke painting) since 2002. His work is well received, exhibited internationally and has been covered in multiple print and online journals. Spazuk applies smoke from a live flame to thick paper and panels, then employs tools like brushes, feathers or metal scrapers to carve and craft the soot into the final image. His artwork depicts scenes that have a particular poignant relevancy to the issues of our time. Jerald Melberg Gallery will host a free and public lecture by both artists on Saturday, July 29 at 11 a.m.