David Versluis art exhibit on display in Center for Arts through Dec. 11

Nov. 4, 2009

“Fish Series,” an exhibit of Giclée prints by David Versluis, will be on display through Dec. 11 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery of the Center for the Arts

Luther will host a reception for the artist Monday, Nov. 23, 5:15-6:15 p.m. in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery. Both the exhibit and the reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

“Fish Series,” a sequence of Photoshop assemblages, began in 2004 and consists of digital prints featuring a beached, dead yellow perch photographed at Spirit Lake, Iowa, in 2002.

The fish image is loaded with meaning, invokes many metaphors, and can be thought of as a primordial symbol. The pieces in the series are intended to be free metaphoric associations, but some viewers have suggested these images speak about environmental concerns.

Versluis’ artwork suggests an exploration and inquiry into the art-making process through a deeper understanding of composition, subject matter, interpretation, medium and technique. Versluis strives to make his work about the balance between form and content.

Other themes in the work allude to ideas about trompe-l’œil by the use of drop shadows and sliced images that seem to push the optical illusion of the paper surface.

Giclée printing for this series is eight-color inkjet archival inks printed on Hahnemühle German etching paper, natural white, made from 100% totally chlorine-free pulp. Images were printed summer 2007.

Versluis holds the bachelor of fine arts degree from Calvin College and the master of fine arts degree from Western Michigan University. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues throughout the United States and Canada.

In addition to his role as professor of art at Dordt College, Versluis has worked as a professional designer and was principal of David Versluis Design for more than 15 years.

He is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and Christians in the Visual Arts.