Paintings by a professor along with American photography will be featured in separate spaces in a new exhibit at UW-Stout’s Furlong Gallery.
“Deflector” by School of Art and Design Associate Professor Tim Tozer will be in the north gallery.
Photography by prominent American artists Barbara Morgan, Bernice Abbott, William Eggleston and Todd Webb from UW-Stout’s permanent collection will be in the south gallery. Also featured will be Eugene Atget from France.
The exhibit opens Monday, March 11, and will run through Saturday, April 13.
An opening reception with Tozer is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the gallery, which is part of Micheels Hall.
Tozer’s latest paintings were created during a sabbatical.
“I want to evoke a fractured environment — a space of fragmented systems, hard-edged geometry and synthetic color,” Tozer said. “Mechanically-derived shapes recall vernacular structures, such as signage or packaging, while the painting process suggests a narrative of accident and intention; layers of sprayed, poured or peeled paint, in places torn or buckled, imply an inherent instability in the shapes described — a surface caught between purpose and entropy.”
Tozer arranges panels in various ways, such as leaning against a wall or hugging it, to “allow me to create works that are simultaneously self-contained and open to the space around them. Stacking and cutting the panels allows the surrounding wall to intrude into the paintings; the void between each one becomes charged — a negative space that connects differing ideas,” he said.
“The paintings reach across this emptiness to suggest new meanings from their interaction,” he said.
Tozer has a Master of Fine Arts in painting from the New York Academy of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Ulster at Belfast, Northern Ireland.
His paintings have been exhibited in seven states and in the United Kingdom.
The painting “Unknown” will be part of Associate Professor Tim Tozer’s exhibit “Deflector” at Furlong Gallery.