April 5–28, 2019
“Mayan Dignity”, by Yucatan photographer Pedro Tec, is a redefinition of ancestral identity, a re-imagining of life, and a magical cast of characters that complete a narrative within the photographer’s dreams. Tec has exhibited in Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Guadalajara, Puebla and Veracruz. As the featured guest artist of the second annual “Viva! Maya Culture Festival,” created by the ÓperaMaya Foundation, with the help of a community of Bloomington creatives, and the Secretary of Culture for the State of Yucatán, Mexico, he brings his hauntingly fantastical imagery to Chicago, Bloomington and San Angelo Texas throughout the month of April.
April 26, 2019 Reception 6-9p
(Performances at 7:00 & 8:00)
Inspired by his research in social cognition and his work directing theater, Willats uses the tools of the body, the camera, and video to interrogate language, and its absence, as a mediator of memory, technology, and ritual. Part dance, part video-art, the central performance of the exhibit will cycle twice through the evening and builds from the paranoia of the late 19th-century.
May 3–26, 2019
The exhibition “Form and Fantasy- A Hero’s Journey” depicts realistic bronze and aluminum life-castings, as well as printed black & white comics as a narrative about heroes, humanity, and the fight between good and evil. Nahas enjoys utilizing the human form because they are beautiful as stand alone forms, they are also figures that the viewer can relate to and engage with. By making the figures without faces, it becomes more mysterious and fantastical; the forms begin to create a relationship with its viewers, and allows the viewers become vulnerable to the expressions the art provides. This susceptibility gives them a sense of malevolence and/or benevolence that is often the range of one’s associations. Nahas uses this vulnerability as a source of power. It takes a brave and confident person to make themselves vulnerable, for they must have the strength to withstand the consequences, to become a hero.
“The narratives are purposefully ambiguous as there are many ways to interpret a single piece. Concrete gender roles no longer exist. Females can be more like males and males can be more like females. Upon closer inspection, one realizes that the piece is conceptually more complicated than the figures they assume. I blend the beautiful with the sad, fantasy with reality, idealism with truth as well as the deviant with the innocent. I decidedly leave these compelling dualities open for the viewer to draw their own conclusions. The fictional elements juxtaposed with non-fictional bodies are there to turn the world up-side-down and to leave the viewer off balance. Fantasies become realities and dreams become actuality. ”
June 7–30, 2019
I paint things and dream of butterflies. often the two intermingle to create the surreal existence of life and death, beauty and the macabre that showcases itself in hidden glances and tangible whispers. There is an unsettling nature about my work that frequently shows in the detached expressions and passivity of my characters juxtaposed against the chaos of their world. As an artist, it is my job to bring the dreamscape to reality, to touch upon the unseen fantasy world that we live in. my hope is that you will share in the journey, even if it is just as a passerby, and perhaps take a piece of the glimpses I offer with you.
March 1–31, 2019
One must travel through a variety of landscapes physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. This collection of work represents the range and terrain of the artist’s expedition into the known and unknown. These paintings reflect and project a story of questioning, self reflection , unraveling, letting go, rebuilding and remembering. The conclusion of this chapter signifies a re-emergence into a present projection of desire to communicate and connect past experiences in a tangible way with gratitude and benevolence.
February 1–24, 2019
Kaila Austin, Larissa Danielle, Katie Dieter, Milton Knight, Nefertiti Morris
“To fling my arms wide In some place of the sun, Langston Hughes
To whirl and to dance
Till the white day is done.
Then rest at cool evening
Beneath a tall tree
While night comes on gently,
Dark like me—
That is my dream!”
This exhibition features the various works of 5 artist working in the African American Diaspora expression. Together their voices create a new narrative that recites stories as individuals and experiences of the whole.
JANUARY 4 – 28, 2019
H. Ward Miles strongly feels that her work has an important and necessary dual meaning. There is the personal and there is the political. She creates abstract work addressing a variety of topics both comfortable (family, love, relationships, parenthood, nature) and uncomfortable (social injustice, racial inequality, political differences, environmental destruction, war, sexism and fear) and seeks to represent the harsher aspects of life in addition to the complicated, but often universal beauty found in daily life throughout the world. Her paintings, often described as maps of her memories, give her audience a sense of great joy and happiness, but maintain enough of an edge to provide contrast and interest.
December 7 – 30, 2018
LIFE DESIGNS AND BLOOMINGTON HIGH SCHOOL NORTH
Bloomington High School North Students – “The Dog Show”
The Mission of the Bloomington High School North community is to seek knowledge through inquiry, wisdom through understanding, success through achievement, and purpose through service to others. With the help of instructor Stephanie Bruce, a group of artists will be presenting “The Dog Show,” an exhibition that includes the work of a variety of students (and just a few faculty/staff) within multiple art mediums.
Life Design Students – “Bloomington Vantage”
LIFEDesigns is a local non-profit that provides services to individuals with disabilities. A Service that LIFEDesigns currently has is called LECO – Life Enrichment and Community Opportunities Program. It is a community based alternative to a typical day program. The group meets Monday through Friday and has two classes in the morning, lunch, then one class in the afternoon.
The group currently has a photography class that was granted money from The Smithville Foundation to buy digital cameras for the group to use in this class. They have been going to places in Monroe County and taking pictures. The art provided for the gallery show will showcase the groups best prints of photography from this class.
November 3 – 30, 2018
Mining Strata: Interventions on Waste reevaluates resources deemed “waste” and invites the materials back in to a meticulous, loving atmosphere. The artist is interested in assigning new purpose and life to the curated elements, providing them a unique trajectory. The sculptures represent a manifestation of material as a coping mechanism for the artist’s physical existence, a practice in which he can meander in the delicate balance of beauty and ugliness. In a time of resource inefficiency and mass production, Vosel’s art is a meditative means of communication used to navigate his environment of perpetual waste.
October 5 – 28, 2018
KELLY RIDGEWAY & VICTORIA WEBECK
Broadcast is a collaborative body of work exploring the idea of mechanical surveillance. The work illustrates what portraiture would look like if made by a machine.
As consumer culture progresses, the demand for cheap and quick photography continues to evolve. Cameras can be found everywhere, even in mobile phones and laptops. The accessibility to create an image is constant.
What if these camera eyes were looking back ?
To quote Friedrich Nietzsche, “….When you stare long into the abyss, The abyss gazes also into you.”