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February 24, 2014

Exhibition of Works by Renowned Folk Artist 'Mr. Imagination' Opens March 1

morenews3-lgMr. Imagination

"Fire and the Resurrection of Mr. Imagination," an exhibition of work by the late renowned folk artist Gregory Warmack, who was known as "Mr. Imagination," will open at the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries Saturday, March 1.

Warmack died May 30, 2012. As noted in his obituary: "Spiritual and prolific as an artist and warm and thoughtful as a man, he saw the untapped possibilities in everyday or discarded objects, transforming them into spectacular works of art. At times whimsical and at times commanding, his pieces always have an individual force and an animating presence."

Mr. Imagination experienced two devastating studio fires, the last in 2008. The Gordon Art Galleries exhibition is an examination of changes and development of his work in the face of tragedy.

Focusing on work burned in the fire or remade from burnt remains, as well as new work created after the fire, the viewer will gain new insight into Mr. Imagination's emotional life and his passion to reclaim and transform what was lost and what is undervalued.

An opening reception for the exhibition is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 28.

The Gordon Art Galleries, located at 4509 Monarch Way in the University Village, are open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call 683-6271.

morenews3-lg01"Bird Man" (bottle caps, wood, water putty and paint); Brian Sieveking Collection