As artists, we subject ourselves to criticism, both external and internal. There is that tier that we are always trying to reach, that next level that always seems out of our reach. Because of this constant chase, we often leave art behind, deemed ‘failures’ and ‘mistakes’ that should be hidden away from the world.
This show is to explore the idea that unfinished pieces, disappointments, and frustrations should be celebrated for what they are; beautiful works of expression and lessons learned. There is always someone that will appreciate what the artist creates in some shape or form, and as the creators, we must be proud of what our hands craft.
Bloomington photographer Grace Schafstall empowers women to love their bodies while exploring representations of feminine beauty. Through her boudoir photography, she examines the subtleties of the female form allowing the audience to experience intimate moments reserved for the camera.
“You are so used to your features, you don’t know how beautiful you look to a stranger.”
Self-taught photographer Grace Schafstall developed a love for photography 6 years ago when she was gifted a hand-me-down camera from an uncle. It had fallen off the roof of his car and he had upgraded. Scuffed and old as it was, Grace loved how it felt in her hand. She photographed as a hobbyist until January of 2018 when she discontinued her degree in Nonprofit Management at Indiana University to pursue her dream as a full-time photographer. Grace and her partner, Kevin, work together at GS Photos photographing weddings, families, and boudoir. They reside in Bloomington, IN with one roommate – Kevin’s 87 year-old grandmother. They spend much of their time improving their home, spoiling their 4 cats, and nurturing their dozens of plants.
Inner feelings made tangible via brushwork and extravagance. Representative and abstract works in acrylic by Milton Knight.
Milton Knight graduated from BOCES Cultural Arts Center (Syosset, N.Y.), then took a few college classes in art at Hofstra University while beginning a freelance art and writing career. He left home at seventeen, eyeing out what some would call a semi-living at through crafts while enjoying a lovely semi-homeless existence on Manhattan’s waterfront. He finally landed in a Brooklyn brownstone where he spent seven water buggy years.
Knight spent the 1980’s on the outskirts of the “radical art scene” of Greenwich Village. A challenging time, if not always a happy one. Labor on Ninja Turtles comics allowed him to get up a grubstake to move to the West Coast in 1991, lured by prospects of a more healthful existence. “There I followed a riot and a few earthquakes while working in animation as a designer, animator, and debuting as a director thanks to a good friend Felix the Cat and yes, I did a spot of work for Disney.
Today Knight works on a stream of independent projects, which have included a first novel, independent animation, and painting. He became a Bloomington resident in June of 2018.
Felicity (Young) Nahas is a 30-year old artist, living in Bloomington Indiana, who likes to work with a variety of media, but primarily focuses on using watercolor and ink throughout her pieces. She has a BFA with a focus in drawing, from Ball State University.
You will see her play with line weights heavily throughout her works, and her use of a watercolor process creates vibrant backdrops to her paintings. Many of the pieces feature a sense of buoyancy with hints of gravity to that keeps the pieces grounded. She enjoys working with a variety of colors that are warm and inviting.
“Through my pieces I hope to find that people enjoy the sense of “getting lost in the moment” and get a sense of beauty and calming.” -Felicity Young Nahas
Brandon Hamilton is a multi media artist who creates abstract textural pieces from a wide array of material. His art is deeply textured and uses physical processes such as air, heat and fire, water, velocity, and gravity among others to create works from recycled and found objects; commonly using organic materials, rocks, glass and metal in his paintings with a chaotic, yet purposeful layering approach that generally assumes forms reminiscent of ethereal landscapes of the universe and a hint of more earthbound geomorphic designs.
By using the forces of nature and physics to create these pieces he often likens his art as representations of the evolution of the universe and life itself. His interest in art began early in life, inspired by a very creative family environment, and his father, Walter Hamilton- who was not only a fine arts professor, but an accomplished impressionist artist.
It wasn’t until working his way through college as a house painter that he started noticing how certain mistakes created interesting patterns; taking mental notes on how, for example, paint splatters formed, the separation or bubbling of paint that dried in the sun too fast, or different stages of drying paint that was rained on. Taking what would normally be a negative in the professional painting world and creating a positive. Mr Hamilton now owns and operates a high end painting and decorating business in Bloomington Indiana that specializes in faux and decorative painting called Rogue Renovation.
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.