"Tsinelas"

MJ Torrecampo

Where Identities Meet

Sep 20-Oct 25, 2016

 Anthony Mancuso | MJ Torrecampo | Jager Palad | Nicole Dikon

Hoopsnake Press is a collective of artists who studied under now-retired fine arts professor Francis Ke. The current exhibit, “Where Identities Meet,” explores the work of these artists, many of whom have moved to Tupelo to continue studying under Ke after his retirement. “It’s exciting, fresh subject matter,” Belle Naugher told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. “It’s about torment and the battles we go through as humans in our day-to-day life, but this is a different way to show it. I always say that art is therapy. We all go through things throughout our lives that are tumultuous and stressful, and this is art that shows how you can put your emotions down for others to see as a way of working through them.”

 

Hoopsnake Press was founded by Ke Francis in 1970 at the studios located at 1249 North Coley Road in Tupelo, Mississippi. At that time the press facility consisted only of a Charles Brand etching press and technical facilities to print small scale etchings and woodcuts. The press operation slowly expanded to include typecasting equipment, large etching and relief printing presses, and two letterpresses to handle the design, illustration and printing of books. In 1996 the press moved to research space at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, where it established a collaborative publishing venture with Flying Horse Press, the fine art press established by the university art department. Ke Francis became director of this press, which came to be known as Flying Horse Editions, and Ke and Mary Francis continued to publish under the Hoopsnake logo from 1996-2014.  Ke, his daughter Kerry, and Mary agreed to revamp the Tupelo facilities and combine the presses and resources from both locations at the original Tupelo studio in 2014. Currently the print and book-publishing projects, exhibitions and archiving efforts of the press are administered by Ke, Mary, and Kerry Francis.

The Hoopsnake Press Associate Artists are a group of talented young artists whose artistic interests and aesthetic concerns parallel the mission of the press. They are skilled  professionals with unique personal visions.  I am pleased the Gum Tree Museum has offered them the opportunity to display their artworks to the community.

 

Ke Francis

Artist, Hoopsnake Press

Included Artwork

cad red | MJ Torrecamp

%22cad red%22MJ Torrecampo utilizes the figure—often herself—as a means for introspection and creating a physical manifestation of the undesirable thoughts that pervade the subconscious. Driven by her desire for authenticity and identity, her work is a conversation with oneself and the final product is a visual remnant of that dialogue. Torrecampo received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the University of Central Florida and currently resides in Tupelo, MS as a part of the Hoopsnake Press.

Hothead | Jager Palrad

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Jager Palad’s work seeks to witness a connection between inebriation and enlightenment, of the sublime and the overt. Jager was born in Baltimore, MD and was raised in South Florida. He graduated from University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts specializing in Printmaking.

Contagious Disquiet | Anthony Mancuso

%22Contagious Disquiet%22Anthony Mancuso focuses on the human figure and the romantic ideas as found in the work of Eugene Delecroix and Pietro Annigoni. He approaches his subjects from a representational perspective, and uses strong contrast to transmit a deep emotional response. This tonal approach allows a powerful connection with form, permitting the viewer to relate to the subjects mood Anthony Mancuso is an associate of Hoopsnake Press currently working out of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Turtle Island | Nicole Dikon

%22Turtle Island%22Nicole Dikon’s work is a response to the places she’s been. “I move every few years, and travel as often as possible in between that time. In doing so the work reflects both the memories and places I’ve left behind coupled with the new spaces I occupy presently.” Her process involves transforming drawings into woodblocks and then abstracted images. Each print is made from many layers of printed blocks until a space emerges that is in flux through the present and the past. Nicole spent her formative years all over, from Maui to Vermont, Ecuador to Florida. She currently lives in Philadelphia where she is working towards receiving her Master’s Degree in Fine Art at Temple University.  She visits Tupelo often and plans to move there in 2017 after her graduation.

Tsinelas | MJ Torrecamp

%22Tsinelas%22MJ Torrecampo utilizes the figure—often herself—as a means for introspection and creating a physical manifestation of the undesirable thoughts that pervade the subconscious. Driven by her desire for authenticity and identity, her work is a conversation with oneself and the final product is a visual remnant of that dialogue. Torrecampo received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the University of Central Florida and currently resides in Tupelo, MS as a part of the Hoopsnake Press.

Swimming Quietly | Nicole Dikon

%22Swimming Quietly%22Nicole Dikon’s work is a response to the places she’s been. “I move every few years, and travel as often as possible in between that time. In doing so the work reflects both the memories and places I’ve left behind coupled with the new spaces I occupy presently.” Her process involves transforming drawings into woodblocks and then abstracted images. Each print is made from many layers of printed blocks until a space emerges that is in flux through the present and the past. Nicole spent her formative years all over, from Maui to Vermont, Ecuador to Florida. She currently lives in Philadelphia where she is working towards receiving her Master’s Degree in Fine Art at Temple University.  She visits Tupelo often and plans to move there in 2017 after her graduation.

Inclining Disposition | Anthony Mancuso

%22Inclining Disposition%22Anthony Mancuso focuses on the human figure and the romantic ideas as found in the work of Eugene Delecroix and Pietro Annigoni. He approaches his subjects from a representational perspective, and uses strong contrast to transmit a deep emotional response. This tonal approach allows a powerful connection with form, permitting the viewer to relate to the subjects mood Anthony Mancuso is an associate of Hoopsnake Press currently working out of Worcester, Massachusetts.

push:pull | MJ Torrecamp

%22push_pull%22%22push_pull%22MJ Torrecampo utilizes the figure—often herself—as a means for introspection and creating a physical manifestation of the undesirable thoughts that pervade the subconscious. Driven by her desire for authenticity and identity, her work is a conversation with oneself and the final product is a visual remnant of that dialogue. Torrecampo received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the University of Central Florida and currently resides in Tupelo, MS as a part of the Hoopsnake Press.

Concrete Comprehension | Nicole Dikon

N%22Concrete Comprehension%22icole Dikon’s work is a response to the places she’s been. “I move every few years, and travel as often as possible in between that time. In doing so the work reflects both the memories and places I’ve left behind coupled with the new spaces I occupy presently.” Her process involves transforming drawings into woodblocks and then abstracted images. Each print is made from many layers of printed blocks until a space emerges that is in flux through the present and the past. Nicole spent her formative years all over, from Maui to Vermont, Ecuador to Florida. She currently lives in Philadelphia where she is working towards receiving her Master’s Degree in Fine Art at Temple University.  She visits Tupelo often and plans to move there in 2017 after her graduation.

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