Artist Talk "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington"
Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk "Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington"

Melanie Cooper Pennington’s first solo exhibition highlights her large scale anthropomorphic sculptures. Pennington will host an artist talk and exhibition preview Thursday, September 19th from 6-8pm. Tickets are $5 Individual, $3 Student. For student pricing, please contact Artlink at (260) 424-7195.

“I make humanimals. Using bits and parts from my imagination I frankenstein my own creatures - at once more innocent than a human could be, physically more powerful than a human is and located in positions only a human animal would think fitting.

My work is a reflection of psychological states. Though large in scale, these beasts are often situated in vulnerable positions that call to mind human postures and emotions. For more than 20 years I have studied and sculpted the human body with an eye on what can be expressed with its elegant form. I isolate the physical attributes that I find the most expressive and able to communicate my feelings and layer those forms into newly imagined beast bodies - a drooping shoulder, a jutting hip bone, a swayed back, a tucked chin, buckled knees, postures that when observed can be linked to human emotion.

Humanimals are a physical expression of my internal dialogue. They are created to be representational questions to my belief systems, my judgments of my self, others and societal structures. They are a way through for me, a call to adjust my focus on strengths instead of struggles.” - Melanie Cooper Pennington

This exhibition also offers a look at Pennington’s process through drawings, maquettes and figure studies. While the materials and methods vary, the focus of her work remains figurative, exploring a unique conversation that revolves around strength and fragility.

About Melanie Cooper Pennington (American, b 1976 Los Angeles, CA)

Melanie was born in LA, raised in Boston and now teaches sculpture in Bloomington at Indiana University. After 12 years of running an interior design firm in Chicago, she transitioned to graduate school to focus full time on her sculpture practice. She received her MFA in 2016 from Indiana University where she is now fulltime sculpture faculty. Melanie’s recent exhibitions include: Act 1 Play as Production exhibition at ACRE Gallery curated by Lucy Stranger, and Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Juried Regional Show at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. Melanie has shown at the Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indianapolis Art Center, and was part of Chicago Parks District year long sculpture in the parks exhibit.


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Art This Way Art Crawl & Opening Reception: Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington
Sep
20
5:00 PM17:00

Art This Way Art Crawl & Opening Reception: Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington

Please join us for the opening reception of Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington and Art This Way Art Crawl on Friday, September 20 from 5-9pm. Visit the Art This Way Art Crawl event page for tickets and more information.

By embodying forms in the likeness of whales, bison and elephants (animals that we keep our distance from because of their physical power and intimidating size), Cooper Pennington’s large-scale sculptures immediately trigger curiosity and wariness. Her ‘Beasts’ are, however, frequently soft and touchable, placed in precarious positions or engaged in a struggle with an opposing force, consequently probing the viewer’s capacity for empathy. The visceral materials by which Cooper Pennington constructs her work range from ceramic and steel to fur and wood. She uses her knowledge of human anatomy to anthropomorphize the beast - incorporating human signifiers that make the imagined creatures feel knowable.

Pictured: Melanie Cooper Pennington

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Drawn Together
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Drawn Together

Drawn Together is a celebration of creativity and community. Each month, we bring artists and friends together to draw, sketch, doodle, and design. We'll bring the pencils and paper, just bring your imagination!

Drawn Together is a free, all ages event for artists and non-artists alike! Join us for one of our upcoming events on the first Wednesday of each month at Hop River Brewing Company.

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Opening Reception: Unreal Empire: Robert McCann, Transparency & Toxicity: Meganne Rosen
Dec
5
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Reception: Unreal Empire: Robert McCann, Transparency & Toxicity: Meganne Rosen

Join us for the opening reception of Unreal Empire: Robert McCann (pictured) and Transparency & Toxicity: Meganne Rosen on Friday, November 8th 5-8pm. On view until December 6th, 2019.

McCann describes his paintings as “elaborate fictional spaces”. He utilizes characters from pop cultures and subcultures to stage human drama. These visual threads spiral outward into the shared universe logic of Marvel blockbusters and Pinterest pin boards, and inward to personal mythologies and autobiographical fragments. The paintings use larger-than-life-characters from the world of wrestling, rock & roll history, or educational film reels to evoke a fuzzy boundary between fantasy and reality. His works incorporate staging of affiliated subjects in fragmented narratives plays on a viewer’s incomplete grasp of sublime subjects like memory, future-forecasting, or knowledge of society at large. The subsequent paintings bring together elements of landscape, portraiture, history painting, and improvisational abstraction.

Through the investigation of and experimentation with different kinds of materials, Rosen’s works express discontent with the current political climate while reflecting on her experiences growing up in the American Midwest. Her art explores entropy, artifice, consumerism, and her place in the lineage of abstraction in contemporary and modern painting and its relationship with installation art. Using found matter, fiber works, oil and acrylic painting, remnant fabrics, and photography, Rosen composes mixed media pieces which are layered in visual dialogues. The work evokes an intimate recollection of garments worn, skins shed, and packaging discarded. Each assemblage or installation is a partnership between the materials she works with and the sociopolitical, cultural context of our times.

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Drawn Together
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Drawn Together

Drawn Together is a celebration of creativity and community. Each month, we bring artists and friends together to draw, sketch, doodle, and design. We'll bring the pencils and paper, just bring your imagination!

Drawn Together is a free, all ages event for artists and non-artists alike! Join us for one of our upcoming events on the first Wednesday of each month at Hop River Brewing Company.

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