The Block Island Times

New artwork on display at the airport

Apr 08, 2013
Photo by: Mark Bailey Thirty second exposure of a 225 pound boulder balanced at Mohegan Bluffs, with meteor. A singular moment when two stones that followed such different paths across untold eons came together in front of the open shutter. Mark Bailey’s work poses questions about time and space at vast ranges of scale, encouraging the viewer to ponder permanence and ephemerality. The stone was among the largest Bailey has attempted to balance, and it took over an hour to get it to stand. This was the only meteor Bailey saw that night.

Time is running out to see new artwork by William Ohley, which is on display at the Block Island Airport through April 11. Beginning April 12, the work of Mark Bailey can be seen through May 16.

Bailey and Ohley are two of the artists that have been chosen by a review panel to have their work displayed. The other Rhode Island artists whose work will be shown in the future include: Phil Shaw, Eveline Luppi, C.W. Roelle and Eileen Miller. The exhibitions are the result of a partnership between the R.I. State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), which promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. Revolving exhibits will be ongoing. Please look for artists’ bios and exhibition dates, as their work is rotated through 2013.

Dr. William Ohley works in the tradition of en plein air in landscape and figure painting. His work is on exhibit through April 11. Ohley is a former member of the South County Art Association of Kingston, R.I., where he won several awards including a Recognition Award for an 8” x 10” acrylic called “Muir Woods.” Dr. Ohley resides on Block Island, and is attempting to capture in paintings the seasonal changes in light and space on the Island.

Dr. Ohley first came to the University of Rhode Island as an Assistant Professor in 1976 and has been active in the area of Biomedical Engineering since that time. He has authored in excess of 100 scientific and technical papers, has edited several proceedings, and book chapters, and holds several US patents. Currently he also works in the area of cardiac assist, resuscitation, and in the use of fractals to analyze medical data. He was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor in 1999.

Mark Bailey’s rock balancing photos, taken on Block Island, will be on exhibit April 12 - May 16. He is a resident of Pilot Hill Road and Bedford, Mass. For Mark, balancing rocks is a meditative act. It is an exercise in, and celebration of, the power of visualizing positive outcomes. The work is a reflection of his own quest for inner stillness. Mark likes to call his ephemeral creations positive outcomes in a precarious world. The practice of building cairns on the beach is a tradition on Block Island.

As part of the Block Island Poetry Project, Mark will share the attitudes and techniques behind the ephemeral creations depicted in his photographs during his hands-on outdoor workshop on Saturday, April 13. Specifically, in addition to the actual practice of balancing, Mark will cover photographic techniques that portray the delicateness of the balance to maximum effect, capture the full drama of the scene, and present the sculpture in deep context.

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