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Assemblage and collage have a long history in contemporary art and Mesa Public Library Art Gallery shows a local master of mixed media, Santa Fe artist Dirk Wales.
From densely texted paper juxtaposed with reprinted photographic images, bits and pieces of tickets and paper bric-a-brac, Wales’ works are small worlds contained in one-of-a- kind boxes.
An artist, author and film maker, the “eclectic” work of Dirk Wales is intriguing and engaging.
Enjoy visiting the eccentric worlds of Dirk Wales beginning next week at the Mesa Public Library Art Gallery.
The exhibition will run from Jan. 29 through Feb. 27, with a talk with the artist from 5-7 p.m. Jan. 30.
A steady influence for the work is the presence of the American artist of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, Joseph Cornell who essentially “invented” box art, that is, collage and assemblage in boxes.
Wales follows Cornell’s lead with assemblage in photographs and in boxes.
A good example of this work is a category called Heroes. Featured are three of Wales’ mentors: Joseph Cornell, Camille Claudel and Egon Scheile. He has made cubes of their images, photographed the cubes in compelling ways and then combined the cubes and images in a box.
All in all, this show is a visual delight to the eye and mind. It is, in every sense, Eclectic.
The work of the artist will be on view during regular library hours.