Covey Center unveils butterfly effect and dinosaurs dreaming of sheep


Complex equations, piles of scrap metal and wood transform into an eclectic show at the Covey Center for the Arts‘ new “Do Dinosaurs Dream of Electric Sheep” exhibit.

The collection, which opened Feb. 3, highlights the respective works of Carolyn Nicita and Tim Little. While sharing the same exhibit, the artists’ styles are nearly opposites.

Courtesy of Covey Center for the Arts.

[media-credit name=”Courtesy of Covey Center for the Arts.” align=”alignleft” width=”240″][/media-credit]Nicita converts a series of seemingly meaningless algorithms into whirling patterns of color with a method known as flame fractals. Little used piles of  wood and medal to recreate real and mythical creatures.

Nicita enhances her already stimulating work by printing it on titanium-embedded paper. The titanium captures and reflects light at different angles, creating a piece of art that looks different with each step.

“When you put the light on it, it becomes otherwordly,” Nicita said.

Little’s featured work includes a rhinoceros, horse, dragon, birds and a dinosaur. He works with metal and wood, sometimes combining them to create his creatures. After researching rhinoceroses, Little chose to use motorcycle gas tanks to mold the rhinoceros in the exhibit.

“Some of [the rhinos] were armor plated, so I thought it’d be fun to use gas tanks,” Little said.

Little constructs his art by piecing together old machinery and other odds and ends lying in his garage.

“I just get my inspiration from the junk,” he said.

Deann Morin, gallery coordinator for the Covey Center, said she is excited about the upcoming exhibit. Not only will the collection be diverse, but she said she believes the art will be stimulating for just about anyone who attends.

“If you like to see art that will really entertain you, this is the one you will want to come and see,” Morin said.

The exhibit will be available to the public through March 29. All exhibits at the Covey Center are free and the center is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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