University Art Gallery
ExhibitionsJenny Knavel — New Work
August 22 - September 16, 2016
Reception: Thursday, August 25, 4:30-6:00 p.m. "I am inspired by and attracted to abraded surfaces. The natural world provides a wealth of inspiration for design and pattern." "For this current body of work, I was interested in referencing and reinterpreting quilting concepts and aesthetics through a modern context. The work merges one of the most traditional American art forms with the impressive and exciting technology of the digital era. Utilizing Photoshop and digital cameras, I create invented patterns and simulated textures with computers. My designs are printed onto cotton fabric, using large-format ink-jet printers. The fabric is then cut and pieced together into intuitively constructed compositions." This exhibition is funded in part by a Summer Stipend Grant, awarded through the Office of Special Projects, Western Illinois University.
Antoine Williams — The Ain't Gots
August 22 - September 30, 2016
Galleries A & B
Reception: Friday, September 9, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Artist Website: www.rawgoods.org "My practice is an investigation of my cultural identity through the exploration of societal signs as they relate to institutional injustices. I have created a mythology of images, which have become a narrative catalogue of loosely autobiographical hybrid humanoid beings that personify the complexities of perception, which can affect race, class, and masculinity. My work is at the intersection of Ta-Nehsi Coats, Kendrick Lamar, and H.G. Wells. I believe themes in science fiction are analogous to the Black experience in America. Being the descendants of a people who were stolen from their home- taken to a new distant world and over generations evolved to survive their extreme circumstances. These entities are also in the vein of the Dadaist, who appropriated and re-contextualized images from society in order to make ‘anti-art’. Namely Hans Arp, who considered the destruction of ‘signs’ as a subversive act. The signs I’m interested in are the tropes associated with the Black body within the American psyche."
Richard Deon — Peace Deal: Paradox and Conformity
October 3 - November 4, 2016
Reception: Thursday, November 3, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Artist Website: www.richarddeon.com "My solo traveling exhibition 'Paradox and Conformity: Paintings, Prints & Planes by Richard Deon' borrows the visual style employed by illustrators of textbooks during the 1950s. I parody their methods and arrange seemingly familiar figures into paintings and prints that are full of easily discernible images and symbols, yet contain messages that often require a double-take. Viewers are invited to consider the mechanics of authoritative visual narratives and the complex role that images play in mass-communications."
Alicia Forestall-Boehm — Reimagining Space and Surface
October 10 - November 11, 2016
Gallery A & B
Reception: Thursday, October 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Artist Website: www.afboehm.com "My encaustic and fiber sculptures reduce larger images and concepts into elegant simplified forms. I pare down basic elements of color, shape and movement to acknowledge another kind of space. My work elevates the humble cheesecloth. When married with encaustic it becomes surprisingly malleable allowing for a broad range of sculptural treatments. The resulting works are abstract representations of urban history that often explores the physical and mental boundaries of public and private spaces we inhabit. "My decision to push the conventional parameters of the use of the encaustic medium by uniting it with fiber has resulted in innovative 3D forms often employing traditional weaving techniques in a way not previously utilized. Over time, my sculptures have gone beyond their initial traditional forms and have developed into new forms for expression. Exploring the infinite sculptural possibilities has proven to be a welcome challenge. I have developed this process for fiber and encaustic and enjoy improving upon it."
BA Group Show
November 14 - December 10, 2016
Reception: Thursday, November 17, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
BFA solo exhibition(s) TBA
November 28 - December 16, 2016
Galleries A & B
Fred Jones — Ways of Seeing Landscapes
January 17 - February 16, 2017
Galleries A, B, & C
Artist Website: www.fredjonesviewsofnature.com "For me, it began fifty years ago in a small Welsh village. Little did I know that I was experiencing a relationship to nature that was to become a spiritual journey. We played in the rivers, streams, forests, meadows and on hills and mountains. The flora and fauna were diverse and varied. They became part of our every day vocabulary. "The landscape world was made even more accessible with the poems of Wordsworth and the paintings of Constable and Turner. They described a deeper, more diverse experience and defined a way of life. "The works in the exhibition are an entrance to the real world of landscape. Take a walk in the woods on an autumn day or a spring rain shower or a snow covered prairie at sundown. Art can only imitate nature."
George and Renée Mavigliano - Celebrating a Shared Life in Art
February 21 - March 9, 2017
Galleries A & B
Reception(s): Thursday, March 9, 4:30-6:00 p.m. George and Renee Mavigliano met at Western Illinois University in the fall of 1962. George had left the architecture program at the University of Illinois to work in the Store Planning unit of Montgomery Wards in 1961 only to decide to return to school and complete his undergraduate degree. Just graduated from Downers Grove High School, Renee chose to attend Western Illinois University for its small school charm. They met at a university lecture and have been inseparable ever since. George completed his graduate work at Northern Illinois University in Art History, and Renee finished her undergraduate degree in Art Education. Marriage followed in August 1966 and the young couple went to live in Chicago. Renee taught art at Morton West High School and George taught in the Humanities Department of Wright Community College. A call from an old graduate school friend brought them to Southern Illinois University in the fall of 1970. George retired from the Dean's' office in the College of Communications and Fine Arts in 1997. Renee completed her MFA degree in 1985 while raising three children and went on to teach at John A. Logan College. She retired in 2008. They now live in Carterville where they operate a bookstore and gallery. Renee continues to paint and George continues to make case bound books.
Morgan Craig — Razing the New Deal: An Exploration in Architecture and Identity
February 27 - April 7, 2017
Reception: Thursday, March 2, 4:30 - 6:00p.m.
Artist Website: www.morgancraig.org "I believe that architectural structures acting as both repositories and as vehicles for memory profoundly influence culture and identity by providing a tangible framework through which facets of a society can be expressed. Consequently, I have been inspired to build a body of work dealing with how identity is influenced by the types of architectural edifices present in a given landscape. So often the post-industrial edifices are dismissed as symbols of failure, danger, and/or obsolescence. While evidence of these pasts or present-day difficulties may not be pleasant, I feel it imperative that societies not ignore their existence and their impact on the past, present, and future understanding of societies. "In many instances, these factories, asylums, and penitentiaries have defined a city or town if not engulfed it, turning some of these towns into nothing more than apparitions of a forgotten glory. Do we view our past as being besmirched by said factories? What is it that repels the viewer and yet draws him or her in? Why do we claim to restore a building, only to bastardize it? What can ruins tell us about broader social and cultural processes within the urban milieu? What is this need we have to possess what is merely fiction created by one's own wild imagination? My work is not merely a method of documentation, but a sociopolitical commentary on the effects of hubris, avarice, deregulated capitalism, free trade and technological obsolescence upon communities throughout the world."
Michael Reedy — time and folly
March 20 - April 21, 2017
Gallery A & B
Reception: Thursday, March 23, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Artist Website: www.mikereedy.com "The human figure has been central to my studies and explorations as a practicing artist for the last twenty years. My ongoing curiosity regarding the physical limits of the body, and its ultimate failing (both outwardly and inwardly), has been paired with prior interests long rooted in depictions of the body that fall outside the canon of art history (medical imaging and cartooning). Here, the ongoing references to anatomical illustration, and its benign approach to depicting pain and death, and cartooning serve to both underscore the comedic tragedy of physical existence, as well as the frailties that increasingly define our sense of self as we age. In each instance, the unsettling presence of the open body (removed from its traditional context) presents complex questions of gender, pleasure, pain, interpretation, and reception, and results in works infused with a sense of scientific aura, moral lesson, and morbid entertainment. Consequently, I hope the viewer is seduced into disregarding the boundaries between interior and exterior, between looking and feeling, and between the real and the pictured body."
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
April 17 - May 5, 2017
Reception: Thursday, April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
BFA solo exhibition(s) TBA
April 25 - May 12, 2017
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