Past Exhibitions

Jorge Fick: Journey of a Restless Mind

Jorge Fick: Journey of a Restless Mind
January 12, 2007 – May 12, 2007
Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

Opening Reception: Friday, January 12, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.    
Admission: Free for BMCM+AC members / $3 non-members

The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition: Jorge Fick: Journey of a Restless Mind, showcasing the work of one of Black Mountain College’s most under-recognized artists. The show includes some of the artist’s paintings from his time at Black Mountain College along with more recent paintings and works on paper, particularly work from his “Pod Series”. The exhibition opens on Friday, January 12, 2007 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Jorge Fick (1932-2004) was a painter, a subtle poet and an artistic environmentalist on a spiritual journey. He was one of the few students to officially graduate from legendary Black Mountain College, which he did in 1955. Abstract Expressionist painter Franz Kline was his “outside examiner”. After graduation, Fick moved from place to place restlessly finding inspiration in the people, expansive colorful landscapes, and intangible energies he encountered along the way. He spent time in New York, mingling with painters such as Kline, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston and others who constitute a who’s who of the 1950s New York art scene. Eventually settling in New Mexico, Fick became one of the Taos Moderns, a group of artists in the Taos area who embraced Modernism in their work.

Fick first began his meditations on life’s deeper meanings at the young age of 14 in a deserted graveyard way out in the middle of nowhere. “I used to go and sit there for an hour on Sunday morning. It was the only privacy, the only contemplative time I had….that’s when it all began.” In a 1997 interview, Fick described the imagery of the unconscious mind or the soul or the heart as the energy of his work: “The paintings I am doing now look like paintings of things, when they are really paintings of energy. It’s the same energy nature gives us, and it’s the metaphor of the way nature gives it to us that’s in the painting. What I’m trying to do is heal a soul of the culture by these little ironic paintings.” He encountered Zen Buddhism at Black Mountain College in the 1950s where he, like so many others, found a place that encouraged an adventurous spirit of exploration and experimentation. It wasn’t until years later, after moving from California to New York to New Mexico, that he understood what he had read, learning to leave things alone and let things happen. This awakening affected much of his work.

In his “Pod Series” paintings and works on paper Fick investigates the expanded visual articulation of the seedpod form, exploring ideas about growth, expansion and the generative process. The works are boldly abstract and often vibrantly colorful. Many of these striking works will be for sale, offering a rare opportunity to purchase work by an artist associated with Black Mountain College.

Friday, January 19, 8:00-10:00 p.m.
A Night Out With John (Cage)

Wayne Kirby, with friends and guest artists, will host an evening devoted to the life and work of the controversial Black Mountain College composer, philosopher, artist and author John Cage. This event will be a multimedia presentation including performances of several Cage pieces.
$7, $5 for BMCM+AC members and students w/ID
Co-sponsored by the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Film Screening
Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m.
Josef and Anni Albers: Art is Everywhere
A new documentary film by Sedat Pakay on the lives and work of these artistic adventurers and pioneers of 20th century modernism. The film includes rare footage of Josef and Anni’s art, as well as insightful commentary from personal friends of the artists, including architect Philip Johnson, who arranged for them to come to Black Mountain College as refugees from Nazi Germany in 1933.
$7, $5 for BMCM+AC members and students w/ID
Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave.

Saturday, February 24, 8:00 p.m.
Lucipo Meets Black Mountain

The Triangle-based experimental poets of the Lucifer Poetics Group bring their exciting experimental approaches to poetry westward for the first time.
Saturday, February 24, 8:00 p.m.
$7, $5 for BMCM+AC members and students w/ID

Film Screening
Thursday, April 19, 7:00 p.m.
Fully Awake: Black Mountain College – The Asheville Premiere!

After six years in production, Western North Carolina natives and filmmakers Cathryn Davis and Neeley House have completed the first feature length documentary on Black Mountain College. Students, teachers, and scholars offer perspectives on the history, unique educational philosophies and the long-term impact of this experimental school.
Fine Arts Theatre, 36 Biltmore Ave. downtown Asheville with a reception following at Blue Spiral 1 (Filmmakers + Alumni Attending)
$25 – Proceeds will benefit the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

Unless otherwise noted, events will take place at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 56 Broadway in downtown Asheville, NC.
For more information: 828-350-8484