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EXHIBIT: “Michael C. Thorpe: Nonsensical Formalism”
April 5 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until April 28, 2023
The Paul R. Jones Museum is proud to present Michael C. Thorpe: Nonsensical Formalism, March 3 – April 28, 2023. There will be an artist’s reception on Friday, April 7, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., during Tuscaloosa’s First Friday Art Walk.
Brooklyn, New York-based textile artist Michael C. Thorpe creates art quilts and fabric collages of bright, dream-like scenes and highly personal “meandering thoughts,” as one of his early solo shows was titled. For Thorpe, the quilt has become a canvas for dreaming up alternate pasts and exploring potential futures. The young artist sold all eighteen pieces at his first solo exhibition in 2020.
Thorpe writes about his work in this exhibition: “‘Nonsensical Formalism’ is my own ideology about art and art-making. Studying the likes of David Hammons, Adrian Piper, Martin Kippenberger, Bruce Nauman, and Francis Picabia, I began to understand that art is nonsensical to everyone except the artist. Creating art is an unbelievably personal act, and the only one the artist needs to satisfy is themselves.”