Monday, April 17, 2017 - 12:00pm
Every two years, the Western Gallery shows the work of the faculty of the Department of Art & Art History and Department of Design. This is an opportunity to see what these highly respected mentors of upcoming artists have been pursuing in their own studios over the previous couple of years.
The 2017 faculty biennial features new visions of artists working in a variety of media—painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, kinetic work, mixed-media, book art, and video. If anything connects the 18 artists in the show, it is their “abiding love for the well-made object,” as one of the artists put it, and their deep concern with cultural and political issues. The works range widely, from explorations of the medium and processes of art making to the probing of social and existential issues, such as the complexities of queer and trans gender identities; and from evocations of the mysteries of natural forces to studies of ecosystems and global warming. Here the faculty does not deliver lectures but presents thinking though making.
The exhibition presents a cross section of the present faculty, introduces newcomers, and honors a retiring faculty, Professor Elsi Vassdal-Ellis, with a small overview exhibition of her limited edition and unique book works.
A series of noon talks are presented in conjunction with the exhibition.
‘Much of my recent work, whether producing drawings of thousands of names or texts heavily superimposed, making hundreds of small sculptures from laundry lint and vegetable pulp, collecting cats whiskers or hundreds of dead insects from the floor of my studio; has over the years, along with other activities, formed procedures or processes, where the immediate activity of making the work becomes a thoughtless routine thus enabling me to consider other ideas and future work. I am increasingly drawn toward memory, remembrance and the effacing of memory whilst holding my cards close to my chest.’
Sebastian Mendes received BA from the University of California‑Santa Cruz, MFA from Stanford University, and Post Graduate Certificate of Advanced Studies, Photography and Sculpture from the St. Martin’s School of Art in London, England.
“My ongoing challenge is to bring a new experience to the viewer using artworks that move. I work quickly and inexpensively with existing structures, whether cultural, political, or architectural, making kinetic installations that combine humor with reflections about current events and issues. My recent work uses drawing and mark-making through diverse processes and materials. The cyclical progression of the work, produced by repetitive actions, leads to the accumulation of marks on paper, plaster, the wall, or on other surfaces. The accumulated marks build compositions with diverse characteristics from quiet beauty to agitation.”
Douglas Loewen received MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and BA from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Saturday 12 - 4 p.m.
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