Exhibition Open until July 30, 2016
Adjunct professor of visual arts at Holyoke Community College, Christopher Willingham shares his recent paintings and drawings. Charged with mark and color, and evoking themes from classical mythology, these powerful images reveal emergent forms and compositions in a language of exploratory abstraction. Grounded in vivid materiality, they record the search not for specific objects, but for an emotional exactitude—a specificity of feeling in which features of light, landscape, weather, and organic form pulse as elements of urgent process. Naming his creative engagement as amor fati, “love of fate,” the artist offers his works as a Stoic meditation on life as eternal, transformative process, and on the aesthetic as life itself. In an exuberant exchange of chance and vernacular, he proceeds not by merely accepting as necessary the often fraught activity of making and living, but by loving it.
“My formula for greatness in a human being is amor fati: that one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backward, not in all eternity. Not merely to bear what is necessary, still less to conceal it… but to love it.” — Friederich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo
Exhibit open until July 30, 2016
Artist Christopher Willingham has graciously donated an artwork to be auctioned for the mutual benefit of MIFA Victory Theatre & Wistariahurst Museum