Aula Alayoubi, Lines of Heaven; John Hayes-Nikas; The Return Susan Swinand, All Together Now

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Date & Time: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, October 6, 2017 - November 4, 2017
12:00 PM-4:00 PM
Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School
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Description: October 6, 2017
Aula Alayoubi, Fruit of Heaven
John Hayes-Nikas, The Return
Susan Swinand, All Together Now
October 6, 2017  November 4, 2017

On Friday, October 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, ArtsWorcester opens exhibit by Aula Alayoubi, John Hayes-Nikas, and Susan Swinand. These three artists have exhibitions that are unified by a strong use of line-making. Artist talks will be held on Saturday, October 14, at 1:00 PM.

The opening reception and gallery hours are free to the public. The exhibit runs through November 4, with gallery hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, and by appointment at other times. Free parking for the opening is available in the lots belonging to the Freemasons, at Ionic and Beacon Street.

Aula Alayoubi, Fruit of Heaven
Alayoubi’s mysterious acrylic paintings use two forms, the female body and the pomegranate, to explore ideas of earthly loss and heavenly reward.

With map-lines and traditional engravings marking their faces and limbs, the gorgeous female figures dominating these canvases represent Damascus, Alayoubi’s native city. Pomegranates traditionally signify love, fertility, and knowledge, but also invoke the heavenly rewards promised in death to radicalized soldiers. This fruit, and the distorted, mournful figures holding it, tell a cautionary tale of beauty, loss, and memory.


John Hayes-Nikas, The Return

The Return is a series of large graphite drawings, rendered in an elegant abstract formalism. Figures produced by an infinite number of graphite lines emerge and recede into the pale ground that surround them. These shapes confound the viewer’s attempt to determine their relationship to the space around them, an experience the artist describes as “dimensional contradiction.”

With their subtle contrast between clearly-delineated negative space and more gestural strokes, the works invoke aspects of early Cubism, while the mysterious push and pull of the dark forms reference pre-Christian sacred spaces.



Susan Swinand, All Together Now

In this series of whimsical drawings take a line of for a walk through the subconscious. Ordinary objects and abstract shapes bubble and bounce around each other, producing a jolly stream-of-conscious effect. The small scale and precision of these drawings, however, belie the complex, if merry, universes they contain, in which all things are interrelated and interdependent.
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