Julio Suarez, assistant professor of art, sees the world in a series of abstract shapes and colors interacting with each other.
“I’m very interested in color, in mixing,” Suarez said. “Everything is made up of color, a mosaic that makes up our visual field.”
In his upcoming art show, titled “The Shape of Color,” Suarez will display multiple works from about the last four years that reflect his artistic vision.
“His title, ‘The Shape of Color,’ is very telling in regards to his artistic approach,” Professor of Graphic Design Bryan Springer said. “The way he designs his compositions with light and shadow, and of course, color. He’s been introducing a lot of the same approaches to his teaching and students and we see more of that approach evident in his student work.”
Springer said that Suarez believes in a traditional approach to art, and the work his students produces is strong. At the show, which will be located in Daughtrey Gallery in Hillsdale’s Sage Center for the Arts, viewers may see the tactile quality of Suarez’s work, as Springer describes it.
“He has a very fresh brush stroke,” Springer said. “The structure of the paint on the canvas also plays a part in his work.”
Held from Sept. 7 to Oct. 15, “The Shape of Color” is the first of the Hillsdale College Art Department’s Professional Artist Series, free annual exhibits open to the public, according to a flyer. An artist’s reception will be Sunday, Sept. 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Suarez encourages people to come and see the art for themselves, saying, “It’s important to talk about it, but in the end it’s about looking. I don’t want to say too much. I want the people who look at the show to have their own experience. I would love to have as many people as possible come look at the work and let me know what they think.”