When Bill Flynn graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in the late 1960’s, he didn’t expect that he would end up teaching there years later. But as a distinguished professor at the school, Flynn has continued his acclaimed drawing career while leading today’s young students through the creative process. His newest exhibition of drawings, “The Chair, the Glove, and the Envelope…Uncovering the Process: Drawings by Bill Flynn” will debut right in the neighborhood where he trained: Simmons College’s Trustman Gallery will house Flynn’s dynamic show from November 2nd to December 9th. Flynn’s work takes commonplace items such as a wing chair or a pair of gloves and gives them the ability to represent everything from the war in Iraq to the blurred space between reality and illusion.
Flynn explains, “Every drawing has a kind of language – a language of marks and lines and gestures, each with different densities that create positive and negative shapes. All of these elements assemble into a composition that defines the overall mood and structure of the drawing and determines the internal order of the visual experience for the viewer….Once you start making marks, they tell the story as much as the image.”
An opening reception and gallery talk by the author will be held on November 12th from 5 to 7pm at Simmons College’s Trustman Art Gallery on the 4th floor of the Main College Building. The exhibit and reception are free to the public. For more information, visit www.simmons.edu/trustman.
A frequently contributor for the Directory of Boston, Megan Johnson is originally from Connecticut but has lived in Boston since age 18. She writes for MenuPages Boston, Reinventing Beauty Magazine, Butterfly Diary, SweetTalk on the Spot, and a variety of other websites and publications. You can visit her website at www.meganjohnson.tumblr.com.