MACC Gallery Hosts Memento of Americana
The Moberly Area Community College Graphic Arts Fine Arts Gallery will host a show titled "Memento of Americana" which features the work of Steven Bleicher. The show will run from November 10 through December 7, 2011.
Steven Bleicher's work utilizes multiple manners of depiction such as maps, drawing, and photography that are coupled with real artifacts of souvenirs from the travels depicted in the images. The work deals with themes of collecting, place, and remembrance while also looking at the myriad aspects of American travel and changing culture. The reception will be held on Tuesday, November 15, from 2:00 pm - 4:00. The artist will join attendees through skype to discuss his work and the exhibition.
“My body of work has an underlying theme of Americana. Currently, I'm using the subject matter of great old highways such as Route 66 and the Dixie Highway as a point of departure. So much of American life has been and continues to revolve around our mobility, highways, and their effect on our lives. These themes are essential to my work,” explained Bleicher.
“The central images in these works are a continuation from earlier work. They are a combination of graphite and digital elements, starting with photographs or sketches from the selected landscape or site. I then couple these images with maps and souvenirs or mementos from the local area. While many of the items have a kitsch quality to them, they are not meant to have a condescending tone, but are really celebrations of our uniquely American zeal for collecting, bringing back souvenirs from our travels and vacations. These items directly relate to the imagery and maps adding additional components or layers of meaning to the work. The souvenir elements augment the images giving a more complete sense of place. In addition, they provide an editorial or narrative component to the work and are also another means for viewers to be able to engage the work. The pieces are displayed in shadowbox frames that are large enough to hold both the two and three-dimensional elements in a confined and unified space.”
“My work is about remembrance and recollection. It's about our human need to capture a space in time, a fleeting moment and preserve it,” explained Bleicher.