School of Art Presents “Witness: The George Mason Show”

Posted: April 24, 2013 at 5:02 am, Last Updated: April 26, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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"Paul" by Eric Thamm and Peter Sargent

“I am the Walrus,” Paul McCartney, collaboration between Erwin Thamm (silk screen) and Patrick Sargent (woodcut).

By Jill Graziano Laiacona

George Mason University’s School of Art is pleased to present an exhibition by School of Art alumni Patrick Sargent, BIS ’02 and BFA ’12;  and Erwin Thamm, BFA ’12, titled “Witness: The George Mason Show.” The exhibit is in the Mason Hall Alumni Gallery in Mason Hall on the Fairfax Campus now through May 10.

According to Sargent and Thamm, “For the past three years [we] have been collaborating on a body of work that brings together the strengths of both of our art foundations. Ultimately we are creating a multilayered narrative of our heroes. From a distance, the woodcut print is strong with gestural markings resembling engravings, developing ‘the faraway relationship, while at close-in the screen print and paint speaks of ‘the behind the scenes rapport,’ giving these prints interest and depth.”

Thamm graduated from George Mason magna cum laude with a concentration in printmaking. He serves as an assistant to local artists and professors at Mason, and as a professional printmaker with Lily Press in Bethesda, Md., and Navigation Press in Fairfax, Va. He is an established professional event photographer and a member of the National Press Club, and a video editor and videographer for the National Endowment for the Arts-backed film, “The Midwest Matrix.” Thamm uses silkscreen techniques to create vibrant and detailed visual depictions of other worlds, fantastic scenes and information-rich environments for the viewer to explore and discover.

A former U.S. Air Force Security Forces officer, Sargent retired from the military in 2002. A lifelong sketch artist, he chose to study printmaking at Mason. He is now pursuing an MFA at Mason, developing a program combining printmaking/papermaking elements in a process-based collaboration using the arts that focuses on returning veterans, active-duty military and their families as they face societal integration issues. Sargent prefers woodblock printing that produces black-and-white images that have high contrast values to create imagery that forms an emotional connection with a viewer.

An artist talk/walk will be held on Friday, April 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gallery.

For more information about this exhibition or Mason’s School of Art, call 703-993-8898 or email avt@gmu.edu. Visit the School of Art online at soa.gmu.edu; on Facebook at facebook.com/gmu.soa; and follow on Twitter at @gmusoa.

Write to Robin Herron at rherron@gmu.edu

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