MCLA professor displays 20 years of art work at his 100th showing.
The College and the local community celebrated the art of Gregory Scheckler at Gallery 51 Thursday night. Scheckler is an Associate Professor at the College. He teaches drawing, painting, photography, and composition for the visual arts. Thursday’s show Remixed Messages is the 100th showing of Scheckler’s career.
The gallery exhibits many facets of Scheckler’s work, something he says hasn’t happened many times in his long career. The pieces range from photographs of the beautiful landscape of the Berkshires to sketches on recycled paper from his time in New York City.
“Some of these [pieces] have been seen locally and some I’ve submitted internationally and some of these have never been displayed before,” he said. “Seeing them all together is very exciting.”
The works cover a long span of Scheckler’s life, starting in 1990 and continuing through recent months. Many fans of Scheckler only know him as a painter or a photographer; having a large variety of his work all together was an important part of Thursday’s show.
The pieces run the gamut from digital collages blending classical and modern themes, to vivid paintings. He has published several books including “You Can Just Fake It” and “Noisy Street”, a collection of poems and photographs focused on the experience of living in New York City.
With inspiration that comes from everywhere, from Michelangelo and other masters of their craft, to Star Wars, he combines the two extremes to create new twists and commentaries on previous artists work. That’s No Moon!, complete with Death Star in the background, perfectly expresses Scheckler’s playful twists on classical ideas.
For every sale made at Gallery 51 Thursday night Scheckler is donating 30 percent to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The food bank provides food to local families in need, including victims of Tropical Storm Irene.
To view some of Scheckler’s art, including some of the pieces on display in Remixed Messages visit his website at www.gregscheckler.com