Wellness Wednesday: Special Class with Michael Velliquette
April 22, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM | Gallery to be determined
Art department faculty associate Michael Velliquette will lead a series of meditations and discussions inspired by his elaborate paper sculptures to demonstrate how meditation can enhance our relationship to looking at art.
Untitled 3 (Sañña) / 2017
Paired with Louise Nevelson sculptures, these works share a monochromatic and high-relief formal composition, realized in dramatically different material and styles. They both suggest notions of order, repetition and containment. Nevelson’s shape combinations feel organic and intuitive, while Velliquette’s appear to be systematic and dictated by established visual plans, but both artists’ practices build off a series of slow-motion improvisations as they intricately cut their materials.
Untitled 4 (Saṅkhāra) / 2017
Velliquette’s work exudes a sense of formal layering and patient accumulation. This is also true of Rudolph De Crignis’ paintings, which may not be immediately apparent at first glance. De Crignis’ illusory “gray” is made from multiple translucent layers of contrasting colors, while the shifting tonalities in Velliquette’s work are the result of the way the light falls upon each individual layer. The De Crignis form is subtle and understated while Velliquette’s is exuberant and exaggerated. Both works represent and play with expectations around craft and skill, and reward close examination and contemplation.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michael Velliquette was born in 1971. He is a paper sculptor whose intricate works combine exuberant abundance with an inventive formalism. A working artist for twenty years, Velliquette has participated in over 150 exhibitions in museums and galleries in the US, Europe and Asia. His work is in the permanent collections of the Chazen Museum of Art, the Art Museum of South Texas, the Racine Art Museum; the Progressive Corporation, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, and the Microsoft Collection.