Carl Gombert Exhibit, Radiant Geometry, Opens at Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery

October 17, 2018 at 10:01 am

Spartanburg, S.C. –  The Curtis R. Harley Art Gallery, sponsored by the University of South Carolina Upstate, is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition by Carl Gombert.  “Radiant Geometry” opens November 2 and continues to December 7. A public reception will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m.

“These hand stamped works rely on radial structure to explore complexity and pattern arising from the application of simple rules,” said Gombert. “They explore rotation and repetition as formal strategies and the patterns that emerge from the process. Taking the form of mandalas, they attempt to balance opposites, relying equally on dark and light and on positive and negative shapes.”

Gombert has exhibited in more than 250 exhibitions across the US and abroad and his work is in nine museum collections as well as numerous collegiate and corporate collections.

He earned a BFA in drawing from the University of Akron and an MFA in painting from Kent State University.  He worked as a stagehand before earning a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary fine arts at Texas Tech University.  He has taught painting, drawing, and art history at Maryville College in Tennessee since 1993.

According to USC Upstate University Gallery Director Jane Nodine,  “Carl Gombert’s paintings will appeal to a wide variety of viewers through his bold color palette and intricate stamped patterns that create large mandalas. Typically, spiritual and ritual symbols in Hinduism and Buddhism representing the universe, mandalas have a rich history in art and cross boundaries both culturally and geographically.”

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