Manholes & Mandalas

SARANAC LAKE Manholes and Mandalas will be in Pendragons gallery from until August 10. The theatre is located at 15 Brandy Brook Avenue in Saranac Lake. Gallery hours coincide with box office hours, which are 2-8 p.m. on days of performance. Mandalas, from the Sanskrit word meaning circle, are radically symmetrical works of art. In Eastern religious art they represent the cosmos. Manholes are round, covered holes leading below ground level. They are most often found in city streets and allow workers access to the utilities below. Potsdam artist Ed Clark, the man behind Manholes and Mandalas, said that he is captivated by the symmetrical designs he finds in every day objects. Last year, while living in Spain, I became fascinated by the abundance, variety and beauty of the utility hole covers that were everywhere in my travels and even more by the juxtaposition of the surrounding tiles, bricks and cobblestones, he said. The pieces in this show are the first experiments in my process of combining paper and image." Clark studied printmaking at the University of Southern California and received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Ceramic Sculpture from the Instituto Allende in Mexico. While there, he studied printmaking and book arts with Pat Baldwin. His collaboration with with Baldwin produced several non-traditional art books that are in public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Houton Library at Harvard University and the Getty Collection in Santa Monica. He continues to work in ceramic arts, papermaking and photography. Clark has been in solo and group shows in New York, Maryland, Idaho, Washington and in nationally toured exhibits. For further information about the gallery or any of Pendragons productions, call 891-1854 or e-mail pdragon@northnet.org.

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