Alum Gregg Coffey Discusses His 'Visual Poetry'

Tuesday, September 06, 2016
JOURNAL-GAZETTE (FORT WAYNE, INDIANA) -- Artists Gregg Coffey and Joel Fremion, two artists of different techniques, will open a joint exhibition Tuesday at the Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery at the Allen County Public Library downtown. Both artists create for the mind as well as the eye. Coffey’s art work, based on his studies of Chinese painting, is considered visual poetry, while Joel Fremion crafts fabric collages using a blend of fabrics and leather. Fremion’s most recent series features portraits of local artists using the fabric technique. “My undergrad degree is a B.F.A. in painting from (Indiana University), and a graduate degree in printmaking from San Francisco State University, but I also studied Chinese painting from five different masters,” Coffey says. “My current work is mixed media on paper, and it combines my interest in Asian art, world mythology, quantum physics and often my Celtic heritage.”