The Newman University Steckline Gallery will present “White, Et Cetera” by Gehry Kolher as the second show of its 2015-2016 season. The exhibition of drawings, which begins with a Final Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, will be on display through Oct. 23. Both the reception and admission to the gallery are free and open to the public.
An “Art for Lunch” presentation by the artists will be held Tuesday, Sep. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in the gallery. A light lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests can also bring their lunch. This event is also free and reservations are not required.
Gehry Kolher received his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990 and received his MFA at Alfred University in 1992. In the past year, his work has been acquired and placed in private collections in Boston, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles and Kansas City.
“The ‘Diamond Series’ and ‘White Oaks’ initiate the use of light and the reflective qualities of line, which become sculptural in their effect,” Kolher said in a prepared statement. “Form does not exist without line, which is the essential element to every process.”
According to the statement, Kolher’s process involves “building heavy layers of pencil, ballpoint, conte and pastel; then removing, erasing and rebuilding as the drawings develop through buffing and surface abrasion. One of the essential aspects is to take everything into consideration; build as far as you can, reduce and re-build again. The repetitive process of this work involves several years of work on one drawing.”
The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. For more information, call 316-942-4291, ext. 2199.