Juxtaposition, the current exhibit at The Charles B. Goddard Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, will kick off its final week with a reception Aug. 25.
Pauls Valley-based artist Skip Hall and Los Angeles-based artist Todd Gray will attend the reception. The two haven’t directly collaborated before, but Goddard curator Cory Blankenship said he chose to pair their work together as an exercise in contrast.
“After seeing both of these, I figured comparing and contrasting the two artists would become the main dialogue,” Blankenship said.    
Blankenship said Hall started out working in advertising before he transitioned to working as an artist.
“Skip was a known quantity to us,” Blankenship said. “He’s located in Pauls Valley but he’s lived a very eclectic life. He’s lived in Amsterdam, he’s lived in Paris, he’s been all over the world. We’re lucky to have him.”
Blankenship described Hall’s mixed media work as painterly, with soft strokes, a mix of different patterns, African motifs and freer designs. While Hall uses collaging techniques in some of his work, it’s all still two-dimensional.  
Gray, by contrast, is new to Ardmore. Blankenship said he first saw Gray’s three-dimensional work hrough an agency based in New York.  
“At the first exhibit I helped put together, I knew I wanted 3-D work,” Blankenship said.
Gray’s “pop-geometry” work takes its cues from the Pop Art movement of the ‘60s, with hard edges and straight lines that mimic mass-produced images from the era.
“The cheapest line you can have is a straight line, and with dot matrix printing it wasn’t an option to have any kind of feathering,” Blankenship said. “It was always those really strong, straight lines.”  
Blankenship said the bold use of color drew him to both artists, and eventually inspired him to pair their work together.
“As colorists, they are extreme, they are radical,” Blankenship said. “It was just such a binding characteristic that these guys love color.”
The reception will run from 6 to 7 p.m. August 25 at the Goddard Center, located at 401 First Avenue SW in Ardmore. The exhibit will run until September 1.