"Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it."
These are the words of Salvador Dali, but for this weekend's featured artist at Gallery 1010, Aaron Inklebarger, they are much more than that. They directly relate to the inspiration for his solo show titled, "Expressions."
"The technique used in all these pieces was an accident," said Inklebarger, a junior in two-dimensional drawing and art education. "I was about to throw away the drawing, but just kind of started messing with it, and I really enjoyed the way it was looking.
"That piece itself is probably my favorite just because it was one of those happy accidents that turned into this whole show."
The technique used to create this piece, titled "Letting Go," as well every piece in "Expressions," is called graphite pointillism. Pointillism is art made completely of dots. These dots are only recognizable as the viewer approaches each piece.
Inklebarger used graphite pencils to create large self-portraits with exaggerated expressions through pointillism. Most of the pieces are 2 feet by 3 feet and took eight to 10 hours each to complete. Although these are self-portraits, Inklebarger said he tried not to make it obvious.
"I used myself more as a model than I wanted it to look just like me," Inklebarger said. "That way, I was in control of my subject matter. If I wanted to evoke a certain emotion while the viewer was looking at it, I could make that expression and go from there."
This newfound technique only adds to the variety of techniques Inklebarger is passionate about, such as hyperrealism, which is the ability to copy a photograph and make a drawing look just like it.
"I really appreciate hyperrealism," Inklebarger said. "A lot of my hyperrealistic portraits I would do kind of got overlooked in comparison to some of the more conceptual pieces ... I appreciate the skill involved and the craft in hyperrealism and the time and effort it takes."
This skill is one noticed from the first day of high school art class by Lesley Sexton, one of Inklebarger's role models. Sexton's first assignment to students is a self-portrait and a drawing of a hand. She said when she saw Inklebarger's drawings, she knew he would be wonderful.
"I noticed a few things," Sexton said. "One was his natural ability. Second was that he was truly studying what he saw ... He really captured himself through his eyes, adding reflection of light, detail through the nose, etc. Things that most of my students never see."
Inklebarger said Sexton saw his potential and took an extra interest in his art, as well as his general education. Sexton said this interest was because Inklebarger was "just that good."
"I really can't say enough about what a great talent Aaron was," Sexton said. "He was not only an excellent student, but a wonderful role model to all students.
"He goes down in my book as unforgettable."
As an art major, Inklebarger said doing his own work keeps him from getting burnt out on art in class.
"(Art) is an escape for me," he said. "It always has been. I can pick up a pencil, put it down and look at the clock and it will have been hours and hours later. You can just get lost in it. It's a good way to relieve stress.
"To put down on paper what you can't express or would otherwise be ashamed of expressing."
Inklebarger's show opens at the student gallery on Gay Street at Gallery 1010 tomorrow, and the reception will be held Friday from 6-9 p.m. For more information, like his Facebook page "Aaron 'Inky' Art."