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Randy Akers: Scars on the Land

February 6 - April 21

Randy Akers: Scars on the Land
On View February 6 – April 21, 2019
Reception: February 9, 6pm – 8pm
Vulcan Muse Gallery

Artist Statement
Gravity, water, paint, scars. I drive down the road and see a place or a name that triggers an immediate response. These locations are always in rough condition: messy, dirty, rusty and in forms of disrepair. These sites have been either a source of conflict, social unrest, economic despair, or oppression. I make a visual record of those sites. I always have to look at the underbelly of those places and convey it in my work. The primitive scratch marks are the foundation to begin the layout procedure. The applied paint refuses to stay in the lines. Colors bleed, scar, overlap, spread and stain. The marks are strong and expressionistic and gouge the surface. The pigment gets lost in the crevices. The surface clamors for evidence of the human hand. The process is a struggle and can occur over a period of several months, with layers and layers of decisions and paint applications. It is never straightforward and full of surprises.

About the Artist
Randy Akers is a visual artist working on Skidaway Island, Georgia. He has shown at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, University of New Mexico’s Harwood Foundation, Philadelphia Art Museum, Anchorage Art Museum,  University of North Carolina, Valdosta University Art Museum, Masur Museum of Art, SUNY Genesseo, Florida A&M University, Marietta / Cobb Museum of Art, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, LaGrange Art Museum, Ormond Memorial Art Museum, and Maryland Federation of Art among others. Akers received an Arts Residency at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in 2015 and at Foundation OBRAS, Portugal in 2017. In addition, three paintings were recently chosen for the upcoming movie, “The Poison Rose”, starring John Travolta, Morgan Freeman, and Brendan Fraser.

Akers has taught at the School of Visual Arts, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and Cazenovia College. He received his M.F.A. at the Savannah College of Art and Design; B.F.A, Chouinard Art Institute, California Institute of the Arts; additional academic work at Art Center College of Design, California State University Northridge and University of Oregon. He serves on the advisory council for ArtsGeorgia and is a member of the Director’s Guild of America.


February 6
April 21
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