The serigraphs of Plymouth artist Larry Basky will be on display through Dec. 1 at Silver Lake College.
The exhibit is being shown in the Lake’s Edge Gallery in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. An artist's talk and reception is scheduled for noon on Dec. 1 in the gallery. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
“In this series of serigraphs, the artist presents views of nature that involve layers of color and imagery,” said Dr. Dionne Landgraf, Associate Professor of Art. “The viewer will find beauty in searching within layers — from seven to 36 — of color and design that reflect the perception of the artist.”
A serigraph is a printed design produced by means of a silkscreen. Basky said that he has been printing and painting for more than 50 years and remains fascinated with the processes and the products.
“My subject matter varies with the message or personal feelings I am trying to communicate,” he said. “I usually work in series, through subject matter or technique. I love the landscape and try to incorporate it into most of my works. Entire compositions may be surreal at times, but I feel everyone can communicate with certain aspects of my works. Color is also very important to me, and most of my works are vibrant. Pieces that are monochromatic generally have enough contrast and value change to make the work seem colorful.”
Basky was born and raised in Ottawa, Ill. Throughout his career as artist and teacher, he has lived and worked in Kansas, New Mexico, and Colorado.
“At one time in my life, I thought that one of the most important aspects of art was the geographic location where one lived. This, I am sure, was because I do landscapes,” Basky said. “After traveling the country for a number of years, I find that it is more what is inside a person rather than what is visually outside. A beautiful composition can be a foot square and could represent subject matter from California to Maine; it's all in the eyes of its creator.”