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Summer Adjunct Faculty Exhibition:
Two Sculptors and a Painter
June 4 - July 3
Opening reception Thursday, June 4th, 5-8pm
Vikalpa, Michael Cochran, 2008
The Summer Adjunct Faculty Exhibition, curated by Bannister Gallery director James Montford, presents a snapshot of the remarkable talent amassed in Rhode Island College’s Department of Art. The show opens June 4, with a reception from 5-8 p.m., and runs through June 30. The exhibition features Michael Cochran of Norton, Mass., and Rhode Islanders Ernest Jolicoeur of Scituate and Jamey Morrill of Providence.
In its inclusive gestures of modernist traditions, the work of these artists is representative of the current dialogue in art. The artists’ materials play a strategic role in the expressive interpretation of individual expressions evidenced in the show.
Michael Cochran, an accomplished sculptor who recently exhibited in New York City at the Lesley Heller Gallery, creates work that is recognized as being seductive in his manipulation of subtle form and refined technique. He has utilized gold leaf on the elegant surfaces of his sculpture and drawings for over twenty-five years.
Cochran has exhibited locally at Jessica Hagen Fine Art and Design in Newport, the Lenore Gray Gallery in Providence, and many other venues throughout the United States. He holds a BS in industrial design from San Jose State University and an MFA in sculpture from Claremont Graduate University, both located in California.
Ernest Jolicoeur, a 1990 RIC graduate who received his MFA from Yale School of Art, is a painter who creates images full of references and associations. Drawn from figurative and abstract sources, his acrylic paintings and collage drawings piece together a hybrid landscape space.
Jolicoeur’s exhibitions include shows at the Visual Aids Benefit of Metro Pictures in New York City, Pratt at Munson Williams Proctor Institute of Art, Utica, N.Y.; and Providence Art Club. In 2006 he was awarded an Artist Resource Trust Foundation Grant.
Sculptor Jamey Morrill has an affinity for bringing together everyday materials that typically do not go together. His uncanny approach has nevertheless produced a compelling aesthetic that stretches conventional boundaries of sculpture.
Recent solo exhibitions of his sculpture were held at Marlboro College in Vermont, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and at the Community College of Rhode Island in Lincoln. Morrill received his MFA in sculpture from Indiana University, Bloomington, and has also exhibited his work in the Midwest.
This is an adventurous group show intended to tease the imagination of the viewer.