Daniel McPheeters

Art in Tompkins County: Then and Now II

 

Gallery artists open the new year with art that reflects Ithaca’s past and present. State of the Art will celebrate Tompkins County Bicentennial with half of our artists having shown their work in January, and the other half in February.

This month’s artists: Eva Capobianco, Gurdon Brewster, Daniel McPheeters, Jane Dennis, Janet Sherman, Margaret Reed, Margy Nelson , Shirley Hogg , Erin Deneuville , Barbara Mink , Patty Porter , Connie Zehr , Stan Bowman, Mary Ann Bowman

 

Daniel McPheeters

Dreamscape: Landscapes and Skyscapes Reimagined

“My works represent a synergy between my two great passions: art and science. My formal training is in science and engineering, but I have been drawing, painting and sculpting for as long as I can remember. My appreciation of nature comes from experiencing the beauty of natural forms while understanding the underlying structure and the laws that govern and unify them.

 My Dreamscapes tend to be landscapes and skyscapes in which I include structured elements such as circles, lines and grids.  These are there to suggest the underlying laws of nature, mathematical beauty that the scientist experiences. These works attempt to combine the beauty of nature as both lyrical and scientific.”

Show dates:  June 3-28, 2015. Reception for the artist, Friday, June 5, 5-8pm, Gallery Night in downtown Ithaca

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A Year of Mandalas

There is something about symmetry that has always fascinated me, particularly radial symmetry. This is the symmetry of the mandala. I have been drawing mandalas for many years. The past few years I have taken photographs of flowers and foliage and used the computer to turn them into what I call “Botanical Mandalas.”

I decided to spend the past year exploring the mandala form and variations on radial symmetry. I kept a journal of my thoughts in this process, along with the images, in blog format. Over the course of the year, I tried to create a new work each week. Images and text are chronicled in my blog: http://ayearofmandalas.blogspot.com/

“A Year of Mandalas” is at State of the Art from Feb. 2 through Feb. 27, 2011. A reception for Daniel will be held Friday, Feb. 4 from 5-8pm at the gallery.