from The Merced Sun-Star
One man’s trash can be the springboard of another
man’s imagination. Found objects, bits of clothing,
natural materials and lushly applied paints combine
with the eye of Bay Area artist Monjett Graham to form
Graham describes his work as “figurative, with
a musical theme.” Graham often utilizes images
from world mythologies and nature as well as drawing
inspiration directly from contemporary life in forming
and naming his works.
His “Keyboard Player” uses painted string
to evoke hair reminiscent of dreadlocks. Other objects
such as bits of newspaper, netting, a cheap earring
or a detached designer label take on new meaning when
incorporated it the college.
Originally from the Midwest, Graham has
been developing his style of painting social commentary in the
Bay Area for 20 years. Graham has worked for the San Francisco
Opera Company, and he calls that job a key influence
in his work, which often includes imagery from the word
Graham said he experimented for more than 10 years with
the effects of working with textiles and multi-media
effects before he fulfilled his lifelong desire to create
beautiful and evocative works of art. He has been
showing in galleries in both solo and group shows since
the early 1970s.
The Merced College Art Gallery is in the Theater Building
on West Yosemite Avenue, between G and M streets.
Regular gallery hours are Monday through Thursday
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During this exhibit, the
gallery also will be open Sept. 7 and 14 in conjunction
with the Friday Travel Lecture Series in the theater.
For information, call 3874-6064.
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