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Art Faculty Featured in Opening Gallery Exhibit

Hal Shunk and Terry Inlow Display Latest Works

September 19, 2011

Terry Inlow enlarged small original photographs for a dramatic effect. Pictured emeritus professor of history Larry and Lenna Mae Gara demonstrating for peace in the 1970s.

Terry Inlow enlarged small original photographs for a dramatic effect. Pictured emeritus professor of history Larry and Lenna Mae Gara demonstrating for peace in the 1970s.

Two long-time faculty members, Hal Shunk and Terry Inlow, are presenting their recent works at Wilmington College’s Harcum Art Gallery through Oct. 21.

An opening reception honoring the artists was held Sept. 7 in the gallery.

Normal gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by special appointment arranged by Shunk, the curator of the venue.

Inlow is an assistant professor of art and an Art Department faculty member since 1975 while Shunk, a professor of art, has been at WC since 1988.

Inlow’s new work consists of large format black and white digital prints on canvas. The show features three large installation pieces that vary from four to nine panels, each of which are 26 by 38 inches.

“Since the images are figurative recognizable images and not abstract, they automatically become narratives,” he said.

“When looking at these pieces, the viewer should think about them, say, as if you were driving to work in the morning and you remember a portion or key image of a dream that you had the night before,” he added, noting those images are not a complete story but a point of departure.

“You the viewer must complete the narrative.”

Inlow said the large format pieces actually started small black and white prints he made in the darkroom, and their dramatic change in scale “drastically” changes the pieces’ impact and dynamics.

Following Shunk’s last exhibition several years ago, a friend suggested he explore encaustic painting, which places a focus on color and texture on the canvas.

He explained the encaustic medium is a pigmented wax that can be mixed with a variety of materials, including his choice of tempra paint and oil sticks. Painting rapidly, as the wax dries quickly, he produced a series of “gestural work” with a colorful graphic quality.

“The tactile surface begs the touch while the colorful wax attracts the eye,” he said, noting the work is a learning process for him. “So far, I have only begun to explore the possibilities of this medium, yet this was an enjoyable effort for me.

“I dripped, smeared, wiped, scraped and layered the paint on wooden panels,” he added. “The process of ‘making’ art is always primary in my completed work.”

Shunk said the titles of the works in the show were derived from his “thoughts and experiences” over the past year.

He read a book o how artists title their artwork and deciding to give each piece a small story of an interesting thought.

“In the end, the art has nothing to do with the title,” he said. “It is, as my friend Terry said, ‘The paintings’ social security number.’”