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N-town Q/A

June 13, 2014

Q&A: Stuart Whitis finds balance between classical and digital art

NORMAN — Stuart Whitis finds beauty in the age-old art of painting, but he also holds a fascination for digital creations.

The Norman resident and East Central University art instructor is combining the two aesthetics for work featured during an upcoming exhibition titled “GLITCH/ANALOG” at MAINSITE Contemporary Art. The exhibit explores the intersection of traditional art with digital formats.

Other featured artists include Jessica Ann, Brian Dunn, Pete Froslie, Dexter Ford, Joe Grennier, Grace Grothaus, M Paul Kirby, Allin KHG, Clinton McKay, Aaron Robinson, Kyle Van Osdol, Dillow Votaw and Raymon Weilacher.

The exhibit opens with a reception 6-10 p.m. June 13 at MAINSITE, 120 E. Main St. A closing reception is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. July 11. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information visit mainsite-art.com.

For more on Whitis visit stuartwhitis.com.

Q: How did you get into art to begin with?

A: I guess it’s kind of a stereotypical story — drawing as a kid. You go through stages. ...

There’s a stage where if you do paint or draw a lot people are like, “That’s what you should do,” and then because you’re a tween you have that rebellious instinct where you’re like, “No, it’s just for fun. I’m never going to paint again.”

So I decided I was going to be a social worker so sociology was actually my major for two and a half years of my undergrad at University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Then something flipped where you have that moment where you realize you need to be happy. I thought I was cut out to do it. I wasn’t happy. I think as artists we’re maybe a little too self-centered to even give that much. So I had to switch.

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