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19 October 2007

Gettysburg Campus features exhibit of Gettysburg native’s studio works

The simple square cross, also known as the Greek cross, is “extremely complex in its possibilities,” says Gettysburg native Chad Andrews, whose recent studio works will be on display Nov.5-Dec. 14 at the Gettysburg Campus.

“Next to the circle, the cross is the second symbol children draw in cultures around the world,” says Andrews, who will answer questions about his work a reception from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the 731 Old Harrisburg Road campus. The exhibit and reception are open to the community.

Of the two bodies of work that will be on display, one combines square crosses with other imagery in a diptych format.

“These small 8-by-16-inch works are to be read as a personal diary/sketchbook,” he said. “The work evolves through rearranging images in new combinations, and these images are in a constant state of change.”

The second body of work consists of 3-by-3-foot cross “paintings” which, Andrews says, represent the beginning of a personal investigation into the cross form as composition/image.

“Material choice and mark-making are primary in reading each image. This work moves from mark-making with roofing cement to an oil painting of trees completed in a traditional plein air manner.

“It is my goal that through the consistency of the composition/image, viewers begin to compare and contrast the ‘paintings’ and better understand my work.”

Andrews’ exhibit also includes a small set of new three-dimensional drawings, “an experimental side step that evolved from my painting with tar. This drawing process will most likely become the focus of my next series of work.”

Andrews, who previously was director of visual arts at Interlochen (Mich.) Center for the Arts, is starting a new school, the Public Art Academy, in Williamsport. He also has been a printmaking studio assistant at Kutztown University and was a lecturer of printmaking at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout the Philadelphia area, Gettysburg and other Pennsylvania locations, New York City and Michigan.

Exhibit hours at HACC are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. The college closes at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26. The HACC-Gettysburg Campus is located at the North Gettysburg Center on Old Harrisburg Road, near Weis Markets and Adams County National Bank. For more information, call 337-3855.

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