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York-based artist Todd Fry presents solo exhibition at witf

Written by witf.org, | Oct 26, 2012 12:16 AM

York-based artist Todd Fry will present a solo exhibition at witf, 4801 Lindle Road in Swatara Twp., from Nov. 4 to Jan. 4. Nine pieces, sculpted from organic and inorganic materials, will be on display in the Loewengard Atrium during the exhibit. An artist reception will be held on November 9 from 5-8 p.m. The reception features wine and cheese, and is free and open to the public,

Fry said he creates each object with a specific mood in mind. He selects the wood (usually oak or black walnut) and holds what he calls “a conversation” with it by pulling away portions to shape it and discover the character of the piece. This is a process of give-and-take with the wood, he said. After this, he will add inorganic material to project his vision and tell a story.

Throughout the process, Fry said he underscores the importance of “doing the thing you’re afraid of.” For example, making counterintuitive choices during the process allows for something important to happen in the creation of the art and lifts it to a new level. 

One piece is called “Ethos” and is made of wood, steel and chains. It deals with the pain of loss, especially the pain of losing someone, Fry said. Often viewers find their own meaning in the pieces as the works serve as starting points in which viewers see reflections of things within themselves. 

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While each piece makes its own statement, they do tell a larger story when taken together. The entire display relates to the search for meaning in life and “the dark and light of what it means to be human,” Fry said. 

In addition to sculpting, Fry is a musician, a master falconer and a student of Akido and Zen. He also founded Fryfilms LLC, a production company that has created award-winning documentaries for PBS and NBC affiliates.

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