Re Emergence: Then and Now Works by David O’Dell

On July 30, 2012

Re Emergence: Then and Now
Works by David O’Dell 

August 10 – August 25, 2012
Reception: August 10, 6-9pm

Detroit, June 14, 2012 ─ This August, Whitdel Arts will be presenting Re Emergence: Then and Now, a mixed compilation of fine art from featured artist, David O’Dell, in the [WA] emergence gallery.  The exhibition will kick-off with an artist’s reception from 6-9 p.m., Friday, August 10.
Re Emergence: Then and Now will feature past and current pieces by the artist, including silkscreen prints, paintings and intaglio prints. The featured works showcase the artist’s influences throughout the decades – incorporating abstract period prints, and more recent works representing the transformation of simpler machines by the digitization of the world and its technological progressions.
 
“This exhibition is a great opportunity to showcase some of my favorite pieces of fine art that I’ve created up to this point in time,” said O’Dell. “My work has evolved through the years and this show pays homage to those unique, creative periods while demonstrating the evolution of life, people and its objects, presenting them in abstract and various other forms.”
 
O’Dell has been featured in art shows and fairs around Michigan, winning numerous awards and recognition for his work, including first place at Royal Oak’s Arts, Beats and Eats in 2009. In addition, he has won numerous regional and national awards for graphic design and photography.
 
He began his career silkscreening more than 30 years ago, designing posters for national events and entertainers such as Diana Ross, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, John Lennon and various others. Before creating his own limited editions O’Dell screened limited edition prints and fine art posters for various artists.
 
Currently, O’Dell teaches Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop programs for fashion design at the International Academy of Design and Technology in Troy, Mich. Previously, O’Dell worked as a graphic designer for graphics firms, printing companies and colleges, and also was a senior graphic designer for Kmart and Sears Brands, LLC.
 
O’Dell earned a Bachelor of Science in art from Ball State University, and recently completed a Masters in Art with   a concentration in printmaking from Wayne State University. He and his wife, Sue, live in Lake Orion, Mich.
 
Artist statement:
“Proxemics and communication.
Photography, music, computers and the telephone.
Person to person interaction. The impact of digital technology is transforming our lives.
I call attention to this evolution by juxtaposing the old and the new.
I look at the world and at ordinary things in a different way and present a selection of abstracted realism for           the viewer.
 
I ask: “Stop for a moment, look around yourself, contemplate exactly where and what your relationship is with the world around you. Where have we come from, where are we going.”
 
The exhibition will run from August 10th – 21st.  This event is free and open to the public.  All ages are welcome.  Open gallery hours are 12 – 3 p.m., Saturdays during exhibitions.  For more information, e-mail info@whitdelarts.com

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