Last night, I attended the opening reception for Walter Kopec’s solo art show You Can’t Make This Stuff Up. It was well-attended and for good reason. He is an incredibly intelligent, thinking artist who observes and gathers in the world each day. His influences are many and his art is the creative expression of his insights and responses to those influences.
To start things off, Walter gave a brief presentation and answered questions from the crowd. Those who didn’t already know Walter were thus introduced to his wit and warmth. It’s always a special treat to attend an opening where the artist speaks about their work and process.
Walter’s art is a unique combination of typography, 3-dimensional mixed-media, textures, political and social commentary, reflection, word-play, humor, and celebration. His ideas are expressed using a variety of materials, including metal, plastic, vinyl, wood, tar, paint, aluminum, plexiglass, rubber, foam, prosthetic legs, and marshmellow fluff! He uses whatever technique will get the job done: welding, glue, tape, string, elastic, pushpins, die-cut, and much more.
His art makes you pause, think, smile, and sometimes laugh. It will force you to look closely and carefully at what you are viewing. His art is an interactive experience, and you will respond. Don’t miss this special solo show, which continues through Dec. 4, 2011, at Mt. Ida College (details below).
The Gallery at Mt. Ida College
777 Dedham Street
Newton, MA 02459
DATES AND TIMES:
October 25, 2011 – December 4, 2011
1PM – 5PM