Curtis Olson’s Mandala pieces appear symmetrical, yet a closer look reveals they are made up of raw, unapologetically imperfect manual etchings. They are a reflection of his interest in circles as a symbol of wholeness; as evidenced by their use in everything from ancient medicine wheels, to celestial depictions and sunset images from the 1970s. The pieces have a timelessness, sometimes feeling as if they are both an important ancient artifact and at the same time modern.
Jay Kelly combines painting, collage, reclaimed wood, stencils, and his own photography and then finishes them with a silky gloss of resin. His collages incorporate images from found vintage magazines, old letters, thousands of bits of text, and the world around him. The resulting piece becomes an intriguing whole, beautiful as a complete composition, but interesting also as a collection of individual images and bits of text.