Alicia Popoff and Leslie Potter, an artist couple connecting with the images and elements of the rural prairie, have launched an exhibition and tour called Third Sound that will reside at the Art Gallery of Swift Current from May 5 through June 30.
Popoff and Potter work in close proximity, Popoff with acrylics and mixed media and Potter with welded steel, and their creations resonate with similar elements and themes inspired by prairie textures and atmosphere.
“I work mainly in acrylic and mixed media such as collage, using abstract imagery," writes Popoff. “Light, colours and textures experienced through my surroundings become integrated in an imaginative process with lines, marks and shapes. Many layers of paint and materials create a tactile surface, a physicality in the art which is important to me.”
Working in three dimensions, Potter “creates dancing forms in space.” He loves welded steel “because of its flexibility, permanence and lyrical potential.”
He writes, “There is a meditative quality in many of my works” which he says are influenced by the “environment such as the vast prairie landscape where I live, and my passions such as music.”
Because the couple sees each other’s work daily, comparing notes on each piece, there is a cohesiveness to their paintings and sculptures that is unique, a dynamic that became the impetus for the exhibition.
A special coffeehouse walk and talk tour with the artists will be hosted at the Gallery on June 1 at 7:30 p.m.