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Urban Decay

Exhibition: March17- May 7, 2015

Gallery Reception: April 7, 2015 4-7pm

 

Artists

Cathy Olten

Cayla Skillin-Brauchle & JJ Gregg

Christine Carr

D. Bryon Darby

Dan Farnum

George Bedell 

Harry Von Stark

Matt Rahner

Peter Bloch

Randy Simmons

Sare Gunes

 

Gallery of Works:

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Contemporary Impressions from the Printmaking Matrix

Exhibition: October 1- November 13

Gallery Reception: October 9, 2014 4-7pm

Eric Sweet

Artist Statement:

As an artist I am interested mainly in ideas surrounding originality and appropriation. My current body of work is an intense exploration of the concept, establishment, and power of the "Ideal" through printmaking and drawing.

Employing philosophies of necessity, order, and control, I utilize a utopian aesthetic mined from 19th century mid-western idyllic settlements, the Bauhaus, and the failed utopia of Modernism, Minimalism. Imagery is created through the language of one point perspective, which only recognizes success through one point of view, and the embossment allows the drawing to push from the second dimension toward the third, existing at the moment when an idea moves toward physical actuality.

These procedures become an interpretive system to critique and compare the successes—and failures—of current, historical, and future "utopias."

Gallery of Works:

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Joe Immen

Artist Statement:

Joe Immen is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Columbus, Ohio. He has a BFA degree in printmaking from The Ohio State University, and an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University. Joe has exhibited his prints in several national and international printmaking exhibitions, and in 2007, he was an artist in residence at Anchor Graphics in Chicago. In 2009, he was part of the exhibition "The I of the Text" at the Riffe Gallery in Columbus, Ohio. After reading many popular science books about the environment, such as James Hansen's "Storms of My Grandchildren," Joe developed a passionate interest in climate change, and began thinking of ways to communicate climate change using visual art and design. In 2010, after reading a Grist column by David Roberts, he created a logo for Climate Hawks (those who want substantial action on climate change). Most recently, Joe designed the logo for the Dark Snow project, a crowd-funded scientific expedition to Greenland.

 

Gallery of Works:

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Joe Van Kerkhove

Artist Statement:

Joseph Van Kerkhove is an experimental printmaking & ceramic artist. His work has been exhibited in a variety of venues nationally as well as internationally. He received his B.F.A. from Columbus College of Art and Design and his M.F.A. in Printmaking from Indiana University. Van Kerkhove currently resides in Toledo, Ohio & is an Adjunct Instructor of Art at Tiffin University where he teaches Printmaking, Digital Design, Drawing/Painting, Digital Photography & Studio Practices.

Van Kerkhove is a traditional printmaker with unconventional methods. By editing, slicing, and reassembling his prints he creates new images. It involves the viewer as an accomplice in the work, since the fragments can only come together when the act of looking becomes as important as the act of creating. He brings dynamics in a two dimensional format with depth and perception of common forms.

 

Gallery of Works:

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Matt Ballou

Artist Statement:

Matthew Ballou is an artist and writer living in Columbia, Missouri with his wife and two daughters. Educated at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA '01) and Indiana University (MFA '05), he is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Painting and Drawing at The University of Missouri where he has taught since 2007. Over the last several years Ballou has shown his artwork in solo exhibitions in Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Washington, as well as in a two-person show with Tim Lowly in Louisville, KY. In 2012 and 2013 his work was seen in a prestigious group show juried by famed author and critic Dore Aston at First Street Gallery in New York City and alongside Ken Kewley, Barry Gealt, Emil Robinson, and others at The University of Missouri. A retrospective of works made between 2000 and 2012 was mounted at William Woods University in 2012. His exhibitions In Three Moving Parts at the Evanston Art Center near Chicago and ASEVENANDAWONADOE* at Fort Hays State University in Kansas closed out 2013. In 2014 he has shown in Nacogdoches, Texas and Louisville, Kentucky, as well as several other locations.

Writing has been an important aspect of Ballou's output since 2001. Highlights of his publications include a cover feature on the work of Odd Nerdrum in Image Journal and an extensive review of Richard Diebenkorn's Ocean Park Retrospective for the Chicago-based publication Neoteric Art. Ballou has been a contributor to Neoteric Art since 2009, and they released a collection of his essays, titled Nine Texts, in October 2011. A Finalist for The Ruminate Visual Art Prize in 2011, Ballou had several of his artworks and a short piece of writing published in Ruminate Magazine in 2012.

 

Gallery of Works:

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Michelle Rozic

Artist Statement:

Michelle Rozic's work examines the intersection of nature and culture at the place where a natural science exhibit meets a home decoration store. Her current work focuses on water health and its effects on land and water ecosystems, with effects moving up the food chain from small creatures to large. She is an Assistant Professor of Art and printmaking coordinator at California State University, Northridge, with an MFA in printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington, and BFA in fine art from the Columbus College of Art & Design. She currently serves as president of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. Recent exhibits include the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK; Museum of Novisbriesk, Russia; Cactus Bra Space, San Antonio, TX; and Wave Hill, Bronx, NY. Projects include co-curating Edge of Life: Forest Pathology Art, a collaborative, invitational, art and forestry exhibit and accompanying catalog.

 

Gallery of Works:

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Mike Hickey

Artist Statement:

Mike Hickey was born in Portland, ME and lives in works in Boston, MA. He has a combined BA/ BFA in studio art and art history from Wheaton College and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Currently, he is a 2015 candidate for an MFA in painting at Boston University and is an adjunct professor teaching drawing for the theater department at BU. Recently his paintings were included in the 2014 Boston Young Contemporaries exhibition juried by Josephine Halvorson, Pieranna Cavalchini, and Kenji Nakayama.

 

Gallery of Works:

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Owen Mundy / Joelle Dietrick

Artist Statement:

Owen Mundy is an artist, designer, and programmer who investigates public space and its relationship to data. His artwork highlights inconspicuous trends and offers tools to make hackers out of everyday users. He has an MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida State University.

Joelle Dietrick develops two-dimensional and time-based artworks that consider contemporary nomadism and 21st century power structures. She completed a BFA in Painting at Penn State (1996) and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego (2006). She was born in Pennsylvania and teaches at Florida State University.

 

Gallery of Works:

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Stacy Elko

Bio:

For the past 8 years, Ms. Elko has taught art at a university in the southwest US. Previous to this appointment, she earned her MFA in visual arts, also teaching art at a Boys and Girls Club in Providence and at a Spanish Language School in Tangiers. Ms. Elko learned Arabic with a 10 year residence in Morocco and Polish while living near Krakow.

Artist Statement:

After a ten-year residence in Morocco, I began developing a visual language to express the changes I had experienced. I represented these conceptual places of significance by creating a series of artist books and prints. Books are places closed, information sealed from view until broached, the promise secret until trespassed. My ongoing research focuses on the exploration of transformative states. In my work I am not only exploring internal states, but also the necessity for human transformation with regards to our lives and the planet, the fragility of life, and our penchant for a disposable lifestyle.

 

Gallery of Works:

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Mark Rice

Bio:

Mark Rice was born in Carbondale, Illinois. He grew up in central Indiana and moved to Bloomington, Indiana where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Indiana University. After graduation, Mark Rice became the team leader of his own homegrown multinational corporation, Goatmother Industrial. Working under smaller companies and pseudonyms within this conglomerate, Rice creates work in a variety of mediums. Rice attended the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated in 2011 with a Masters Degree in printmaking. In 2012, Rice moved to South Carolina to be an artist-in-residence at Hub-Bub, an art gallery and performance venue in Spartanburg. He then taught art history and drawing at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He currently lives in Philadelphia where he is the printmaking instructor at Center for Creative Works, a non-profit institution that offers a creative vocational day program for artists with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Artist Statement:

These prints are part of a larger project entitled FLF. FLF is a portfolio of prints accompanied by a book which contains my thesis work in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. It is a para-fictional illustrated creation myth about my philosophy towards art making. The book is written from the point of view of a man named Kevinator in the invented language of Rungish. It works as a posthumous account of Kevinator’s final months after a large explosion traps him in his place of employment. He deals with his own issues of fear, originality, inspiration, and legacy while battling the boundaries of his caged environment. Symbolically, it is a heavily- dramatized account of my two years of graduate school experience at the Rhode Island School of Design.

The section depicted in these prints is near the end of the story. Kevinator has crawled inside of his own mouth and is delivering a public apology to his own teeth. These prints represent six of the thirty-two teeth carved and printed as part of the larger portfolio.

 

Gallery of Works:

The Teeth MARK RICE

2015-2016 Gallery Exhibitions

FALL 2015

Works by Aron Fischer & Lacey Campbell

Exhibition: August 19 - September 25

Gallery Reception: September 25, 2015; 5:00pm-7:00pm


Still Lifes

Still Lifes: Perceptions of Inanimate Objects

Exhibition: October 1 - November 12

Gallery Reception: October 8, 2015; 5:00pm-7:00 pm


MACC Student Art Exhibition

Exhibition: November 18 - December 3

Gallery Reception: November 19, 2015; 4:30pm-6:30pm


SPRING 2016

Works by Janet Bratcher, David Caywood, & John Holman

Exhibition: January 11 - February 18

Gallery Reception: January 22, 2016; 5:00pm- 7:00pm


14th Annual Spring Art Exhibition for Area High Schools

Exhibition: February 24 - March 11

Awards Reception: March 4, 2016; 5:00pm- 7:00pm


diverted

Diverted Reality

Exhibition: March 17 - May 5, 2016

Gallery Reception: April 7, 2016; 5:00pm- 7:00pm

Outsider Art

Art of the Self Taught

Exhibition: August 20 - September 25

Gallery Reception: August 25, 2014 4-7pm

 

Bob Hoke

Artist Statement:

 BOB HOKE aka HOKE aka HOKEOUTSIDER

I was born in Dayton, Ohio. I am 67 years old. My family moved to France when I was 12 and we returned when I was 21. I have spent extended time or lived in many regions and cities in the US. I currently live in Hannibal Missouri, the boyhood home of Mark Twain, on the banks of the Mississippi River...the "Big Muddy!"

I am an iterant bohemian dumpster diving artist. I have made some type of art all my life! I paint on recycled/repurposed surfaces (wood, metal, tarpaper etc.) that I find at construction sites, teardowns and random dumpsters.

I have exhibited my art in many venues: Slotin Folk Fest, Atlanta GA, HooDoo Fest, Atlanta GA, House of Blues Folk Art Fest, Orlando FL, Kentuck Festival of the Arts, Tuscaloosa AL, Outsiders Outside, Harbert, MI, Day in the Country, Kentucky Folk Art Center, Morehead KY, Good Folkfest, Louisville KY.

I paint approximately 300 to 350 paintings per year.

I usually paint 6 to 9 paintings per week, all at the same time so I don't have to stare at a painting wondering what is next. I tend to compose on the spot reacting to each spontaneous moment from painting to painting. Each painting produces its individual feeling. I know I am going someplace but I'm now sure where. In my paintings color is the key. Color is the self-induced puzzle!

Sometimes I solve the puzzle.

 

Gallery of Works:

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    Cathy Olten

    Artist Statement:

    I first ventured into abstract art in the first grade when I chose a purple crayon to color a frog. It did not receive rave reviews; in fact, it earned me an "F". The concept of "realism" had totally escaped me. This trauma led me to a 20 year career as a registered nurse. After retiring, I was inspired to enter the abstract art world once again. I started painting abstracts about five years ago. I was inspired by emotions evoked by places and things in the "real" world and wanted to express them as I saw them. It's a different way of seeing—as though I "feel" what I see. There's a part of me that is always about going against the grain and being "different". I don't mind if I seem a bit strange—that's what makes each of us uniquely special. 

     

    Gallery of Works:

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      Stephen Tabb

      Artist Statement:

       My goal is to produce beautiful paintings! I believe I have done that. I have been painting for the past four years. If I have enough time, I hope to produce many more beautiful paintings. I'm a self-taught artist, so it's taking a little longer than I thought. I hope to become much better.

      Stephen Tabb is a local artist living in Higbee, MO.

       

      Gallery of Works:

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      Gallery 2014-2015 Exhibitions

      FALL 2014

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      • Outsider Art

        Exhibition: August 20- September 25

        Gallery Reception: August 25, 2014 4-7pm

      • MACC Student Art Exhibition

        Exhibition: November 17- December 4

        Gallery Reception: November 18, 2014 4-7pm

      SPRING 2015

      • 13th Annual Spring Art Exhibition for Area High Schools

        Exhibition: February 25 - March 13

        Awards Reception: March 6, 4-7 p.m.

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      • Urban Decay

        Exhibition: March 17- May 7, 2015

        Gallery Reception: April 7, 2015 4-7pm

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