In The Inez Greenberg Gallery
May 10 – June 14, 2019
Works by: Jennifer Drinkwater, Teresa Paschke, and Robert Slotterback
Artist Reception: Friday, May 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Tuesday, June 4, 7 p.m.
Pop Construct explores how three individual artists incorporate a modern twist in their traditional mediums. For Jennifer Drinkwater, that means using embroidery to express a fascination with the thinly veiled spectacle of weekly magazine. By spontaneously selecting and reproducing a Time and People Magazine cover published on the same day Drinkwater creates a broad cultural documentation that is “old news” by the time the stitching is complete. The stitch replaces the pixel to interrupt the seamless image, revealing each cover as an elaborate construction despite it fleeting prominence on the newsstand.
Likewise, Teresa Paschke juxtaposes contemporary forms such as graffiti with historical needlework and traditional imagery. By mixing elements of painting, printmaking, photography, and textile design, Paschke aims to represent the confluence of traditional techniques and state of the art technology as a way to highlight the visual impact of global perspectives on modern cultural landscapes.
A self-taught wood worker, Robert Slotterback is fascinated by boxes and other vessels but he’s also interested combining this traditional fine craft with his interests in technology, art history, physics, and astronomy. Slotterback enjoys posing questions and puzzles to solve through his art such as how to blend a traditional writing desk with a binary message? Or, how can a theoretical physicist’s mind experiment become a jewelry box? Visit this exhibition to see the answers to these questions and how all three of these talented artists combine contemporary ideas and issues with their traditional mediums.
In the Atrium Gallery
Bloomington Elementary Schools Art Show
April 26 – May 30, 2019
Participating Bloomington Public Elementary Schools: Hillcrest, Indian Mounds, Normandale Hills, Oak Grove, Olson, Poplar Bridge, Ridgeview, Valley View, Washburn, and Westwood
Receptions: Monday, April 29 (Olson, Popular Bridge, Normandale Hills, Washburn, Westwood) and Tuesday, April 30 (Hillcrest, Indian Mounds, Oak Grove, Ridgeview, Valley View) from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Schneider Theater
Picasso once famously stated, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” That statement is on full display in the Atrium Gallery during the month of May. This inspirational annual exhibition showcases the wonderful art being created in Bloomington Public Schools. Art specialists from ten Bloomington Elementary Schools select a total of 150 young artists to be featured in this colorful exhibition.
Cultures, Chicken Feet, & Conical Hats
June 7 – July 21, 2019
Works by: Peter Wong
Opening Reception: June 7, 6 – 8 p.m.
A photographic adventure, Cultures, Chicken Feet, & Conical Hats is an exploration of the people, places, and customs of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia as seen through the expert lens of photographer Peter Wong.
Captivating landscapes, rich imagery, colorful tapestries and characters await the viewer and provide a rare glimpse of these complex and changing countries.
“I have been photographing people, places and products for more than 38 years. With the advancement of technology, the cameras are getting better and better and the software is constantly improving, all of which challenges and pushes the pursuit of creativity to even greater heights.” – Peter Wong
Ways of Seeing: Bog Tapestries
July 25 – September 8, 2019
Works by: Elizabeth Blair
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 25, 6 – 8 p.m.
Impressionist artist Claude Monet described his Water Lilies paintings as “a study of water and how it reflects light and the world above it.” Elizabeth Blair’s photographic series performs a similar study in a northern cedar bog.
“One day, as I walked past a small pool in a northern Minnesota black spruce, cedar, and tamarack bog, I noticed the reflections in it. I keep looking into the pool as I passed it that summer and found that the view was never the same twice.”
Ways of Seeing: Bog Tapestries depicts complex, layered images of water and trees in bog pools. The pools present the attentive observer with endless variations on the colorful bog world that surrounds them. Blair captures these abstract images using a macro lens and focusing on only a few square inches of the water surface.