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Tom Besom


Join us Saturday August 3rd from 1PM-3PM for the opening of an art exhibition featuring the work of Tom Besom. The exhibition will be on display through Saturday September 21st.

“My work represents the intersection of two movements in art history: minimalism and neo-surrealism. When I started doing sculpture in the early 1980s, I caught the tail end of minimalism. Following the precepts of the movement, I tried to make pieces that were “cool” rather than “emotional.” I emphasized simple geometric shapes. And I removed any hint of myself, as the artist, from the work; for instance, in painting the sculptures, I ensured that the brushwork was invisible. I tended to use a bright palette, consisting of primary and secondary colors, or employed a color triad that is important in other cultures. The triad consists of black, white, and red. I also sought to blur the distinction between sculpture and painting. While a student at the University of Virginia, I took part in a neo-surrealist movement. I started using dream imagery in my work, often juxtaposing everyday objects in surprising ways. The point was to elevate the ordinary to the realm of the fantastic.” – an excerpt from Tom Besom’s artist statement

The Vestal Museum is located at 328 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal, NY 13850 next to the Vestal Public Library. It is open Thursdays and Fridays from 10AM-2PM, Saturdays from 10AM-3PM, and Sundays from 1PM-3PM.

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