COD’s Marks Art Center Presents
Photons to Illuminate a Gloomy World, an Art Exhibition by Richard Twedt
College of the Desert’s Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts presents Photons to Illuminate a Gloomy World, an exhibition of paintings and mixed-media artwork by Richard Twedt, November 5 – December 6, 2012.
The exhibition opens to the public on Monday, November 5, with a free artist’s reception was held on Wednesday, November 7, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The reception was catered by Zin American Bistro, Palm Springs, and musical entertainment was provided by COD’s Faculty Jazz Trio. The Marks Art Center is open Monday through Thursday from 12:00-4:00 p.m., and by appointment (760-776-7278). Works of art are for sale directly from the artist.
Richard Twedt, who retired in 2009 from his position as Public Arts Manager for the City of Palm Desert, has more than two decades of experience as an artist, gallery director, and arts educator. This current exhibit features recent work that explores the dazzling beauty of light, both reflected and refracted. His large paintings are rich abstract fields of iridescent impasto—metallic paint built up so thickly that the sculpted surface itself splits light into a thousand dazzling directions, as do his wall-mounted clear acrylic boxes, filled with faceted crystals that refract the light into a scintillating dance of color and shadow in the dramatically darkened room. The gallery shimmers and mesmerizes with this display of artistic illumination, inviting the viewer to pause, to enjoy a moment of aesthetic meditation, and to be enlightened by the elementary particles of light—photons—that Twedt has masterfully assembled here.
Richard Twedt received his bachelor’s and master’s of art degrees at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, where he then taught and directed the university art gallery from 1981-2001. He has exhibited extensively, and his work is in numerous private collections, with a video work in the permanent collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, France.