Ask Bill Flynn
, who is currently exhibiting his
The Chair, the Glove and the Envelope...Uncovering the Process: Drawings by Bill Flynn at the Trustman Art Gallery
The show features drawings of a chair given to the artist by his
mother, deconstructed over the many years he
Also featured are works inspired by his
glove collection, a quirky interest in cast-off, flattened work gloves that spans over 30 years.
started the series in 2004, right around the time the Iraq War was beginning.
book, Armed Chair, he
writes that he
saw the chair as representative of the U.S. government.
"I saw the established power of our government, of who we 'said' we were: the refined exterior of our public facade, the public propaganda machine and our self-righteous declaration of war," he
At times, Flynn
incorporates the actual envelopes, their highly designed interiors, into the pieces as collage.
Other times, he
mimics it with his
These pieces contain the three dimensional elements of strings emerging from the paper canvas to playfully suspend, or flaps of paper, promisingly half-open.
As for the "Gloves," which are in shades of gray, except one or two in hues of salmon pink and Mediterranean blue, they are both sensuous and invoke quietude and meditation.
The "Glove" pieces started in 2003.
They are composed of oil paint pours and minerals, and Flynn
realized that the things he
had started to pour were the gloves.
"I realized it was the gloves, my love of gloves, which made me realize how beautiful the pores were to me too."
is both a graduate of and a professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts
In the early '90s, Flynn was part of the faculty at Tufts University, and he taught a summer program at Rhode Island School of Design in 1994.
The artist described teaching at the SMFA
as an "exciting experience.
particularly noted that because he
has been teaching for over 40 years (since 1967), he
has been able to witness not just the change in students, but also in the understanding of art.
"It has been an exciting evolution in teaching," says Flynn
"Students have changed.
The evolution has come about in the need of art in the classic sense.
I have had to change, in the way I teach.
But it has been exciting to be a part of it.
Drawing, too, for Flynn
, is an "exciting event I try to instill in my students."
has also had several solo exhibitions.