The Wylie and May Louise Jones Gallery at Bakersfield College is gearing up for its latest exhibit, "Collector," which opens Thursday.

This body of work from Los Angeles-based artist Matthew Craven utilizes found imagery collage, sourced from texts rich with historic iconography, which he arranges into compelling contemporary images. Craven’s art is driven by his process, offering a unique balance of combined patterns, textures and figures.

From the news release about this show: "The fusion of new and old allows the viewer to interpret the struggles of past cultures and can serve as a reminder of contemporary aberrations. While other pictures offer quiet, meditative retreat through repetition and precise use of color. This combination of inquiry, creates a challenging, yet rewarding experience."

The exhibition is on display starting Thursday, running through Nov. 29. Display hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the gallery inside Grace Van Dyke Bird Library on campus, 1801 Panorama Drive.

An artist's reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the gallery.

For more information, email or call 395-4552.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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