Everyday objects become the focus of Ted Conley art exhibit

Artist Ted Conley finds beauty and interest in everyday objects, the focus of his one-man show on view at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Modified: August 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm •  Published: August 19, 2012

A surprising visual presence is given to everyday objects — ranging from fruit, to a marble, to a toaster — in a show of realistic oil paintings by Ted Conley at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

“To me, there has always been a fine line between art and life,” the Chickasha artist said.

“I strive to pinpoint and emphasize areas of life that emanate intrinsic beauty … that might otherwise go unseen.”

Two apples may be company and three a crowd, but the reflections of “Five Apples” crowded together on a gleaming wooden tabletop have a powerful optical impact in his work of that title, for example.

The same may be said of Conley's oils of “Five Cherries,” casting their shadows on a surface brightly lit from above, and of his aerial view of a bowl of the same gleaming, dark purplish-red fruit.

Color and shadow become crucial in two small oils of “Red, Orange, Yellow” peppers, seen from above, while a glass “Marble,” and its reflection, surrounded by darkness, bring to mind twin planets in space.

Such mundane objects as a drainage sieve, a black rubber stopper, and what's left of a piece of soap, at least become interesting enough to hold our attention, in Conley's “ … and the Kitchen Sink.”