Released: October 24, 2016
An exhibition featuring prints, pastel drawings, handmade books and other works by SFCC’s Director of Continuing Education, Gordon Fluke
The opening reception for Fluke from 4 to 6 p.m. Mon., Oct. 31 in Main Hallway coincides with his last day at the college as he retires from academic administration and returns to the art world to begin a new chapter in his life. Language and image have a symbiotic relationship in Fluke’s art, which seesaws between political activism and personal reflection. Fluke said, “Many pieces are commentaries on social issues dear to my heart. Others are an outlet for my frustration struggling with a chronic health issue.”
Although the ideas behind Fluke’s work begin with a clear intention of indicting societal ills or sharing personal history, he often infuses it with levity though pop culture, bright imagery and his signature sarcasm. Fluke studied art at Temple University where he graduated with a B.S. Ed. Art Education, Cum Laude in 1981. A decade later, he received an M.F.A. in printmaking from Arizona State University. While he began his career as a painter and mixed media artist, he gravitated toward printmaking and book arts, media in which he excelled. He has earned recognition for his art – such as inclusion in The Best of Printmaking, an International Collection – and has become a familiar name in the letterpress and book arts worlds.
During his tenure in college administration, much of his energy was focused on serving students both as an instructor and as a leader in designing and developing noncredit classes. But that time was not devoid of artmaking. In 2007, Fluke was one of nine artists from around the world invited to participate in the first International Printmaking Workshop at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts in Xi’an, China. Fluke has worked at the college for almost 19 years. Since 2000, he has been SFCC’s Director of Continuing Education. Prior to that he worked in the bookstore, community relations, and as an adjunct faculty in the art department teaching introduction to printmaking, papermaking and book arts.
Chapters continues through Dec. 16. The exhibition is presented by the college and the Santa Fe Community College Foundation through the Art on Campus program. For more information about the exhibition contact Art on Campus coordinator, Linda Cassel at 505-428-1855. See samples of his art at https://www.facebook.com/
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