Playful paintings of 'Toys' to fill Oswego State Downtown

'Train' painting by Mick Mather.Mick Mather will offer a playful look at creativity when his exhibition “Toys” opens Thursday, Feb. 4, at Oswego State Downtown.

The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 4 in the shop and gallery located at the corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego. The exhibition will run through April 3.

The work in the show comes from a two-step process. “First, simple and purposefully childlike tempera-on-paper paintings were created of common toys,” Mather said. “Next, the paintings were resized and sent to my favorite photo editing software program to be manipulated by a variety of plug-in filters.”

The exhibition “follows an interesting line of thought, attributed to Picasso, who once remarked that relearning how to paint as a child would do was a key to some of his paintings,” Mather explained. “For me, this approach, to paint quickly and with abandon, was very satisfying. The much more intense effort of digital manipulation to finish the work was equally stimulating and every part the joy of discovery that I’m sure children must experience during the uninhibited pursuit of creative activity.”

Each image in the exhibition is titled, signed and numbered on a tag on the back. They will be for sale at the gallery.

In addition to being a working artist, Mather has many years of experience as a curator, lecturer, grant writer and community leader.

Oswego State Downtown also offers SUNY Oswego apparel, memorabilia and event information. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call 216-4985.

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PHOTO CAPTION: “Toys” story—“Train” will be among the playful pieces of art on display when Mick Mather’s “Toys” exhibition opens Feb. 4 at Oswego State Downtown.

(Posted: Jan 13, 2010)