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Artlink Staff Picks: September 2017

Welcome to Artlink Staff Picks, a monthly feature where our team presents their favorite art findings. Everyday, the Artlink community seeks out amazingly inspiring and creative art related content. Read below to see what we are gushing over this month!

 

Kathleen Gilje, Contemporary Artist 

Kathleen Gilje, Contemporary Artist 

Ellen Mensch, Assistant Gallery Coordinator 

Ellen Mensch, Assistant Gallery Coordinator 

My staff pick this month is Kathleen Gilje, a contemporary artist who I admire and think deserves a little more attention. Gilje is an accomplished artist as well as a master in the profession of art restoration. She studied 16th & 17th Century Italian Art and Conservation at the Museum of Capodimonte in Italy and has since made a career of restoring Old Master paintings for some of the largest museums in the country. She also has incorporated her knowledge of art restoration into her own artwork in order to bring new meaning to historic artworks.

Although, to the plain eye, her paintings look very much like the Old Master works she is recreating – she uses her knowledge of chemistry to layer the paint colors in such a way that, through x-ray, the paintings depict a modern perspective of the historical narrative.
She uses this technique to bring the attention to political and social issues which had been previously sugar coated, such as sexual assault.

 
Perceived Value, Podcast  

Perceived Value, Podcast  

Madison Miller, Gallery Coordinator 

Madison Miller, Gallery Coordinator 

Perceived Value, created by artist Sarah Rachel Brown, "broaches the subject of value with artists." The podcast launched earlier this month and it really blew me away. Episode 1: The Adjunct Hustle featured a conversation with Emily Cobb about her experience searching for a tenured track teaching position and the adjunct hustle along the way. Very insightful. I can't wait for more episodes! 

 
So, Anyway by John Cleese, Memoir 

So, Anyway by John Cleese, Memoir 

Matt McClure, Executive Director 

Matt McClure, Executive Director 

I love Monty Python. I cannot say that enough. Love em. So this past week I wrapped up listening to John Cleese's memoir So Anyway, about his life leading UP TO the Python era. It's a fascinating look at all of the risks, missteps, privilege and humility it took for one of the most iconic group of comedic performers and writers to come together. 

Take away from the book: Someone always knows more than you. Listen and learn

 
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Morgan Bogart, Administrative Manager  

Morgan Bogart, Administrative Manager  

Mel Douglas is an Australian glass artist.  I adore her work do to the extreme detail and yet it comes across as so simple.  The design of it is impeccable.  She has a printer like aesthetic in the third dimension.

 
Insecure Soundtrack 

Insecure Soundtrack 

Candis Oakley, Assistant Gallery Coordinator

Candis Oakley, Assistant Gallery Coordinator

This weekend one of my favorite television shows, HBO Insecure - Season 2, has come to an end, a very sad end, I might add. However, to my delight, I recently discovered the soundtrack to this amazing series. If you've been following this show then you may have noticed all of the incredible music that follows (if you haven't seen this show, go watch now). The soundtrack includes many artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Tyler - The Creator, Frank Ocean, SZA, and so much more. If you're looking form something new and eclectic to listen to, this is it. 

 

Artlink Staff Highlight

Artlink is dedicated to hiring staff who are passionate about the arts and serving the Fort Wayne community. We invite you to learn more about our wonderful team. Read below and get to know a bit about our newest intern, Bridget!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am an illustrator, currently working on a BFA. My favorite works are generally that involving a narrative, a story depicted in images with or without written dialogue. I love all breeds of comic books and graphic novels the like, however my all-time favorite is The Arrival by Shaun Tan. Although it is technically a children's book, his sensitivity in capturing loss - and the grace of accepting kindness is very special to me. He is also just a mega-talented dude.

What have you accomplished that you are most proud of?

I'm in the midst of illustrating my own graphic novel currently, so rounding this project off will be a happy accomplishment. As far as past accomplishments I'm proud of - I once averted a mudslide descending a mountain in South Korea. That was mostly just my own poor judgement though. I did successfully raise 3 frogs from tadpoles recently. They say you're never ready for frog parenthood but I beg to differ.

What do you enjoy doing in your spear time and why?

In my spare time you'll usually find me whittling away a sketchbook or otherwise available surface -- or tending to the grueling tasks associated with amphibian parenthood. Three things I can't live without would likely be food, water, and shelter. But if I already had those things probably that sketchbook, a pen and a reasonably stylish sweater depending on if the friends/associates need is already met too.

What role do you play at Artlink?

The role I play at Artlink is that of Gallery Intern. I do tons of fun stuff, my favorite part being able to see and help install the exhibitions of all the incredible artists Artlink gets to work with.