Courtyard Chatter: Wednesday, February 21, 2014

Artists Van Der Wege and Merrill Exhibit with Brookhaven College School of the Arts

Artists Van Der Wege and Merrill Exhibit with Brookhaven College School of the Arts

The Brookhaven College Art Department welcomes two new exhibits this month in the Forum and Studio Galleries from Feb. 12-March 5.

Robertus Joost van der Wege: Velo Dreams exhibits a transformation of casual bicycles into a unique collection of sculpture. The bicycles, free-standing as well as adorning the walls, are repurposed as sculptural metaphors targeting human relations and cultural concerns for the environment.

Leigh Merrill produces photographs of urban landscape positioned between reality and fantasy. Digitally reassembled from photographs of the ordinary structures of urban life, her works reiterate the constructed, fragmentary built environment. Merrill's work has exhibited in galleries throughout the United States including the Phoenix Art Museum, the diRosa Art Preserve, The Lawndale Art Center, Women and Their Work Gallery, the Tremaine Gallery, and the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Merrill participated in the 2011 Fotographia Festival Internazionale di Roma at the Galleria Gallerati in Rome, Italy. Her work is part of the permanent collections at the Museum of Texas Tech University, the City of Phoenix and the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as part of private collections.

A reception for the artists will be in their respective galleries Feb. 22, 4-6 p.m. The Forum Gallery is located in Bldg. F, Room F101, and the Studio Gallery is located in Bldg. D, Room D127. For more information about the exhibitions, contact David Newman, gallery director, at 972-860-4101 or at