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Works in Paper on Exhibit at Marilyn Foley Art Gallery

The University of Mobile art department is hosting an exhibit by internationally recognized artist Charles Clary through Oct. 31 at the Marilyn Foley Art Gallery on the university campus.

The exhibit, titled “Micro-Diddlitis,” features Clary’s work in paper pieced together to create germ-like structures. The artist has been featured in numerous print and Internet interviews including WIRED in the U.S. and U.K., and has had work acquired by fashion designer Pierre Cardin and gallery owner James Cohan.

Clary, assistant professor of foundations at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, will present an Artist Talk on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. The talk and reception following is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Clary said that by layering paper, he is able to build intriguing land formations that mimic viral colonies and concentric sound waves.

“I use paper to create a world of fiction that challenges the viewer to suspend disbelief and venture into my fabricated reality,” said Clary.

“These strange landmasses contaminate and infect the surfaces they inhabit, transforming the space into something suitable for their gestation. Towers of paper and color jut into the viewer’s space, inviting playful interactions between the viewer and this conceived world. These constructions question the notion of microbial outbreaks and their similarity to the visual representation of sound waves, transforming them into something more playful and inviting,” he continued.

Clay has received numerous awards, including selecting as “Emerging Alumnus” at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He holds a bachelor of fine arts in painting from Middle Tennessee State, and a master of fine arts in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design.

About the University of Mobile:
The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. More than 1,600 students are enrolled in more than 40 undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Christian Leadership, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Leadership, Center for Performing Arts/School of Music and Center for Adult Programs.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

By Will Drake, media relations writer

Pataflismic Diffusion by Charles Clary

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