Opening Reception: April 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
Michael Kalmbach received his MFA at the University of Delaware in 2008. Shortly after graduation he accepted a position at the Delaware College of Art & Design, and founded the New Wilmington Art Association, an organization that organized exhibitions of contemporary art in Wilmington’s vacant retail spaces from August 2008 to April 2013. This work led to Michael’s involvement with the Chris White Community Development Corporation, which developed the 23-unit artist live/work space, Shipley Lofts. Kalmbach served the CWCDC as Board Chairman from 2013-2016. In June 2011 he accepted a contract with the State’s Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health to develop and direct an art program in downtown Wilmington. The Creative Vision Factory has been open since December of 2011, and fosters the creative potential of individuals on the behavioral health spectrum in a studio art environment that cultivates integration with the community through a program of exhibitions, workshops, and communal work space.
701 N Shipley Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
"I have painted in several styles and mediums over the years, primarily in figurative, collage and abstract work.
In my recent paintings, I focus on how the commonality of shared patterns connects people together.
I explore this through a duality of abstraction and representation. The abstraction comes in the form of vibrant and dynamic geometric compositions that upon further exploration reveals elements of the familiar and commonplace. I consider these representational components; some are recognizable and others that are symbolic interpretations of various facets of the human experience such as language, technology, spirituality, environment, culture, etc. These components are surrounded and injected with the strong lines on the canvas which bridge and connect them together, illustrating how these elements form a shared, communal bond.
The titles also play an important role in telling the story of each piece. My hope is that viewer is captivated by the visual allure of the surface to allow for a slow unveiling of the meaning of the work."
"The works of art included in the Chris White Gallery’s November 2017 Regional Juried Exhibition represent the range in style, subject matter, and media seen in the submissions I reviewed. When making these selections, I strove to identify works of the highest quality in regards to both form and content. Similarly, I paid equal attention to all the various media I found represented—drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography. The included artwork explores the figure, the built and natural environment, materiality, and abstraction, and as such, is representative of the myriad styles and themes occupying the collective conscious. The aim of the resulting exhibition is to showcase the diverse contemporary art practices found in the region—Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC—today."
Margaret Winslow (Curator of Contemporary Art, Delaware Art Museum)
Keith Sharp –