Join Artlink for The Art Market at Taste of the Arts on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 from 11am - 7pm on Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne. The Art Market is a curated marketplace featuring the best in contemporary craft and handmade goods. Our market strives to bring the highest quality handmade goods to the people of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Please join us at the opening reception of Humanimals in Precarious Positions: Melanie Cooper Pennington on Friday, September 20 from 5-8pm. This exhibition will be on view until October 25, 2019.
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
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.
You're invited to The Art Market: Winter Edition 2019 at Punch Films on Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 11am-6pm. The Art Market is a curated marketplace featuring the best in contemporary craft and handmade goods. Our market strives to bring the highest quality handmade goods to the people of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Opening Reception: On Being: Realism and The BGSU School of Art Painting and Drawing Program Curated by Brandon Briggs and Dennis Wojtkiewicz
You are invited to the opening reception of On Being: Realism and The BGSU School of Art Painting and Drawing Program, curated by Brandon Briggs and Dennis Wojtkiewicz on Friday, August 9, 5-8pm. This exhibition is on view until September 13, 2019. Realism, like nature, persists. All visual art is based in the observed. Nature and perception are the minimally required precepts if one is to “make art”. On a grander scale, realism is fugitive, with the maker towing an ever confusing line between control and chaos not dissimilar from the lines walked by the abstract expressionists of the mid 20th century or even that of contemporary painters of all “isms” attempting to organize the natural world into a cohesive statement on a surface.
With realism the natural world is directly coded into the dramatic narrative of the work, and in nuanced ways abstraction is coded into the unfolding of the painted image. Each of the artists are keenly aware of both their surroundings as subject as well as the nuanced efforts that make for interesting marriages of form and content contained naturally in the painted or drawn surfaces as an expression of both intention and improvisation. Formulas, in other words, will never do. Each of these artists is attempting to make realism new, a way to discover the purposes of the image. What is the place in our mechanized, mass-produced, digital world for such hand-crafted, one of a kind, fiercely analog work. Unlike televisual media (film, television, and social media/net-channel) realism has remained relatively quiet. All of the artists represented seek to find balance inside of the quiet place that realism occupies while acknowledging its historical, social, political, and cultural contexts.
Pictured: Dennis Wojikiewicz