Convergence of Souls

Convergence of Souls: Three Interpretations, Three Styles

Convergence of Souls Poster

Tracy Hayes, William C. Turner, and Gretchen Woodman

Exhibition: August 29, 2017 – October 6, 2017

Reception: Thursday, September 21, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Artist Talk: Friday September 29, 6:00 pm

The Fort Point Arts Community Gallery is pleased to announce Convergence of Souls, the first show of the 2017-2018 season, juried by Mary Tinti.

William Turner, Tracy Hayes and Gretchen Woodman became friends while taking art classes at New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. During many conversations, the three realized their common interests in culture, humanity, and ecology. While Woodman pairs human objects with animals in a suggestively painful manner, Turner portrays nature decomposing the man-made machine, crumbling industry into rust and moss. Hayes’s images are suggestive of the process underlying Turner’s decomposition, a behind-the-scenes view of nature winning over human chaos. Collectively, this assembly of work suggests a vision of hope for a symbiotic relationship with all life.

William Turner’s former 30-year career in automotive restoration has left him with a deep appreciation of the unique character and style of vintage vehicles. They truly represent American culture, he says, as well as periods in the nation’s industrial growth and world influence. His allegorical narrative oil paintings (inspired by art history, ancient myths, and folklore) have been reinvented using vehicles. He is currently working on a series with toys from the 1950s and 1960s. Turner holds a BFA and MFA in painting. His classical realist paintings expressively capture memories of past times.

Gretchen Woodman creates drawings, paintings, and mixed media works to explore human/animal relationships in two ways. She researches issues within the field of human animal studies to generate concepts to explore visually. In addition, she seeks the essence of the animal through visual means to create emotional connections to animals.

Tracy Hayes explores connections in emergent patterns of lines, textures, and values through ink, acrylic, and pen. She is concerned with the role of individual voice in an increasingly complicated, varied, and noisy environment. External forces buffet and twist Tracy’s emotions, driving her to chart an organic path of inner currents and forces on paper and canvas.

Says Tinti, the artists “represent three very different aesthetics that, when combined, provide a fitting prelude to the eclectic concepts, interpretations, and styles that will converge at the FPAC Gallery throughout the upcoming exhibition season.”