Tory Folliard at the DAC
Trina May Smith
December 5-January 1, 2014
Artist Reception Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 3 pm
Cities that bear the visible mark of urban decay following industrial decline intrigue and inspire me. The structures of both working and abandoned factories have a sense of purpose and a mark of history that speaks deeply of the backbone of our country’s prosperous highs and financial lows. The communities surrounding these sites reflect the industry’s successes and failures over time and speak simultaneously of optimism, loss, potential, and dread.
As I visit and paint these sights I find a sense of connection. The beauty of the colors, the form of the structures, and the context of their existence becomes part of my intention in the work. I find myself returning multiple times or staying for multiple days in these cities in an effort to understand them on a deeper level. I listen to the empty hollow spaces, breathe in the moist mildew, smell the decaying architecture, listen to the dripping pipes as they echo off the interiors, read left behind materials, feel the walls, and sense what was once a prosperous environment and is now a shell of the past and a sign of an ever changing future.
Terrence Coffman January 1, 2014 – February 1, 2014