David Frye exhibit opens at Arts Council gallery

NORWICH – The Chenango County Council of the Arts, Norwich, will feature local artist David Frye in its final gallery exhibit of the 2010/11 season.

The exhibit, which opens today, will feature drawings by Frye as well as the delicate and intricate glass etching for which he has become well known throughout the region.

Of his work, Frye says, “This artwork represents the two mediums to which I have dedicated myself. They are so interconnected for me that they are inseparable. Drawing captures the illusion of light and dark through the manipulation of pencils on an opaque ground, the paper, which is usually white. Glass engraving literally captures light, which is invisible to the naked eye, and offers it back to the viewer illuminated through the manipulation of diamond burs and tungsten carbide needles on a transparent ground, the glass, which for the engravers purposes is considered black ... I want the viewer to see the relationships between drawing and glass engraving, the differences and the similarities. The three themes I visit most frequently are portraits, landscapes with a water theme, and the ruins of old buildings. This exhibit is clearly highlighted by these themes, although other themes are also explored. While I render the images in a very realistic fashion, I do like to play with them and have a bit of fun.”

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