manifest international drawing annual 2007 exhibition-in-print
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Carl Gombert
Maryville, Tennessee

Maryville College, Professor of Art

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I am drawn to the human face. I am captivated by its flexibility and the variety of expressions it can achieve. Trying to convincingly render these forms is deeply satisfying, though the effort can be frustrating, too. I also really love the process of working from life, yet most of my work is derived from photographs. In these works, I am interested in images composed of numerous smaller images, and of finding a relationship between the smaller pieces and the larger whole. Equally important is the process of making images. There are easier, more efficient ways to produce images, but I find myself drawn to more time consuming methods. These rubber-stamped monotypes involve countless small repetitive acts. As the works progress, the processes take on an aspect of meditation that is quite liberating. The process allows my hand to take care of making marks, while my head puzzles out what the images mean. Finally, I am aiming for a degree of ambiguity that combines humor and seriousness.



born: 1959, Brimfield, Ohio


Texas Tech University, PhD 1994
Kent State University, MFA 1988
Univeresity of Akron, BFA 1982

selected awards/honors

Best in Show, Arts and Culture Alliance National Juried Exhibition, 2008
Smith College Museum of Art Purchase Award, Monotype Guild of New England, 2008
Felix Rossi Memorial Award, 55th Haggin Museum Juried Exhibition, 2008
Best in Show, Central South Art Exhibition, 2007

selected solo or two-person exhibits

The Real Me, A Shenere Velt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2008
Humans, Davis Loft Gallery, Maryville, TN 2008
Specifically Generic, Roy G Biv Gallery, Columbus, OH 2005
New Work, The Renaissance Center, Dickson, TN 2005

selected group shows

Figuratively Speaking, Three Flights Up Gallery, Knoxville, TN 2008
54th Mid-States AExhibitions, Evansville Museum of Art, Evansville, IN, 2008
Southern Printmaking Biennale, NGCSU, Dahloega, GA 2008
Lagrange National Exhibition XXIV, Lagrange, GA 2008

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