Merged is an exhibition of original unique 2D and 3D collage and assemblage artworks that includes mediums specifically (but not limited to), found objects, recycled materials, paper, fiber, wood, and metal. This is a juried exhibition, and was co-curated by gallery manager Amanda Bradley, and exhibition juror, Wade A. Mickley (www.wamickley.com & @wademickley).
The call reached 33 states. 132 artists submitted for a total of 477 submissions. d’Art’s Gallery Manager and the juror selected 63 pieces from 51 artists from 22 states!
Juror Biography: Wade Mickley’s work is influenced by many things including folk art, comics, illustration, music, nature, graphic design, and his own insecurities. His work contains an intriguing awkwardness that has a rhythm between contour, color, and mistake. They pieces are meditations on the unpredictability of life. In spite of all the information we are given, he believes much is unknown to us in the moment, with clarity only achieved upon later reflection. His working process parallels this belief. Allowing the imagery to manifest itself, it becomes an exercise in movement and a dedication to discovery.
Wade Mickley is a graphic designer at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA and also works as a freelance illustrator for regional and national publications.