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  • HAUT AN HAUT

    An Exhibition by S. Nicole Lane
    On view from November 7 - December 3, 2016

    Please join us for an exhibition reception on
    Saturday, December 3rd from 5 - 7 PM at the cafe!

    Exhibition Statement:

    As someone whose personal health is quite obsessively linked to the skin — the flesh, the layers, the cells, and the mingling in between — Nicole's artistic practice is deeply rooted and dedicated to exploring her personal narrative, and where her body belongs in a space that continuously brawls with her. Through physical and emotional obstacles, her work is centered around the process of finding the answers, not really considering the question, and laughing at the root of it all. 

    Nicole’s professional work as a writer relies heavily on women's health, specifically, sexual health, and her late diagnosis of vaginismus and the discovery of pre-cancerous cells in 2015 forced her to reevaluate her space as a young, breathing, sexual human being. As her work corresponds to her personal pleasure with flesh and skin, it traverses beyond aesthetics and into her necessary recovery, both psychological and physical. 

    Many of Nicole’s artistic materials stem from the bedroom and the doctor’s office — both sterile and delicate, they conflate to create a cohesive and introspective body of work that addresses and alleviates trepidations. Tools used for dilation, protection, and resilience are all necessary to Nicole’s practice.

    Utilizing assemblage and sculpture, Nicole’s work draws attention to the fragile and the grotesque. Her work aims to reduce the body to a lump, a knot, a never-ending coil which eradicates our past knowledge of the human form and introduces the stupid, silly, parcel that is holding it all in and letting it all drain out. 

    About the Artist:

    S. Nicole Lane resides in the Southside of Chicago where she is the Managing Editor for VAM, an arts based platform, and is a contributor to several platforms where she writes about women’s health and wellness. Her creative practice consists of assemblage, found objects, and small sculptural works. 

    Her work has been exhibited at Guilford College, Roman Susan, Woman Made Gallery, Mist Gallery, and Heaven Gallery, as well as various online publications. In 2014, she participated in the Starry Night Residencies in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Nicole received a BA in Photography and English with two minors in Dance and Art History from Guilford College in 2013.

    To see more of her work, visit: www.snicolelane.com

     

    For sale inquries or to make purchases, please contact:
    Lauren Frances Evans, Gallery Curator, at timesclubgallery@prairielights.com.

  • THE ALREADY / NOT YET

    An Exhibition by Emily Jalinsky
    On view from October 10 - November 6 2016

    Please join us for an exhibition reception on
    Saturday, October 15th from 5 - 7 PM at the cafe!

    Exhibition Statement:

    ​​Emily’s recent work seeks to reveal the meditative act of mindfulness. Repetitive patterns and ceaseless arranging serve as a way to alleviate states of hopelessness and anxiety. Emily uses methods of centering and repetitive action to further the idea of finding stillness in any moment. The borders between inner and outer landscape, material and immaterial become intertwined. Lichen, a symbiotic and slow growing organism, is used as a symbol of resilience and continual growth, while patterns of gold and pools of water suggest an elusive and yet present spiritual expanse. 

    In her practice, Emily works with relief, silkscreen, and intaglio printing processes. Pieces may be stained with tea leaves, painted with watercolor, drawn on, embroidered, bound together; but always with a delicate, controlled sensibility. Her work moves between the worlds of print and mixed media, emphasizing the use of the multiple. Working on many pieces at a time, Emily continually combines smaller pieces together to create larger compositions including prints, assemblages, and installations.  

    About the Artist:

    Born and raised in the Midwest, Emily Jalinsky received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Kansas. Her print and mixed media work seeks to reveal the meditative act of mindfulness. Curiosities both natural and spiritual are captured, while pathways to peace are explored. Emily lives and works in Iowa City, IA where she resides on the board for Public Space One and helps facilitate and teach at the Iowa City Press Co-op.

    To see more of her work, visit: www.emilyjalinsky.com

     

    For sale inquries or to make purchases, please contact:
    Lauren Frances Evans, Gallery Curator, at timesclubgallery@prairielights.com.

  • Thursday's Child

    An Exhibition by Stephanie Brunia
    On view from August 29 - October 9, 2016

    Please join us for an exhibition reception on
    Saturday, September 17th from 5 - 7 PM at the cafe!

    Exhibition Statement:

    My father and I were both born on Thursdays.  He finds particular significance in these sorts of details.  I view them as indistinct legacies—far less significant than the genetic one we share, but a subtly parallel path nonetheless.  Perhaps the only significance of this trivia is that we both have tried to imbue it with meaning—to make it somehow consequential—this arbitrary fact that came at the beginning of both our stories.  Conceivably this is how love works.  We place enough mutual faith in our desire for connection that we elevate these circumstantial strands in an effort to cinch the knots that bind us.  Our stories become so intertwined that at times it is hard to distinguish the self and the other.

    My story has only ever included my father.  He has been an undeniable fact from the start—his existence seemingly as concrete and fundamental to my world as the laws of physics.  I was fortunate that in my youth my father willingly took on the role of providing for my care, firmly cementing his position within the bedrock of my understanding of self.  However, the undeniable nature of time means that the accumulation of years has begun to show.  Small changes creep in—their presence a reminder that our beginnings and endings will, in all likelihood, mirror one another: his life beginning without me; my life ending without him.

    My father’s end is by no means imminent, however, our relationship is clearly facing transition.  In an attempt to see (and ultimately to understand) these weighty and largely indiscernible moments, I have turned to photography.  At the core of these portraits is my desire to stave off his inevitable decline.  Yet this desire, in itself, is incorporeal.  In order to visualize these intangibles through photography—a medium that can only deal with physical bodies in concrete spaces—I find myself performing futile gestures for the camera.  The futility of these attempts means I often repeat the same gestures—ones of shrouding, erasing, gazing and tracing—as if hoping for a different outcome.   In this work, his flesh is my flesh; and in his aging, I face my own.

    About the Artist:

    Originally from Ames Iowa, Brunia currently lives in Oxford, Iowa. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in 2012 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in 2007.  Brunia has exhibited at various venues throughout the U.S. including the Griffin Museum of Photography, Rosalux Gallery, the Center for Fine Art Photography, and Rayko Photo Center and Musee d’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland.  In 2011, Brunia was selected as one of three artists to be featured in the Des Moines Art Center’s annual Iowa Artists exhibition.  She has been chosen as one of eight artists to be included in the Sioux City Art Center’s inaugural Sioux City Art Center Selects exhibition.  Most recently, Brunia has been selected as a 2017 Iowa Arts Council Fellow.

    To see more of her work, visit: www.stephaniebrunia.com

    For sale inquries or to make purchases, please contact:
    Lauren Frances Evans, Gallery Curator, at timesclubgallery@prairielights.com.

  • Pretty Space

    An Exhibition by Bea Drysdale
    On view from August 1 - August 28, 2016

    Please join us for an exhibition reception on
    Friday, August 5th from 6 - 8 PM at the cafe!

    Artist’s Statement:

    Pretty: cunning, roguish, clever, (of a soldier) gallant. Stout.* 

    “In their double-edged dimensions… words wield/yield messages about the tragedy of women and all Wild be-ing confined within imprisoning patriarchal parameters… Breaking the bonds/bars of phallocracy requires breaking through to radiant powers of words, so that by releasing words, we can release our Selves.”**

    Using “pretty” in the title for this work is a provocation and a reclamation of the word as positive. This feminist impulse mirrors the origins of my work, which was a reaction to the industrial materials and dominance of famous male minimalist sculptors of the sixties and seventies. Working intuitively, I rethink and reconfigure clothing and sheet metal design patterns. I gently coax the tissue paper patterns into shape, aided minimally by stitching and gluing. Tissue paper is pretty, and it’s also strong, and emotive, and has presence; if it can do this, then maybe pretty is different than what I thought it was. 

    *Just some of the original and archaic meanings of “pretty,” according to the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, and Mirriam-Webster online. 

    **Mary Daly, Pure Lust, Elemental Feminist Philosophy Beacon Press, Boston, MA, p.4

    About the Artist:

    Bea Drysdale received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2004 and was a 2005 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant. Her primary materials are paper and fabric. The architecture of the spaces where her work is installed and the action of gravity are often key factors in the outcome, pushing the pieces further each time.

    Drysdale is focusing again on her sculptural practice after retraining as a biomedical equipment technician. She is grateful for the support of the Iowa City artists community centered on alternative arts venue Public Space One, where her practice has expanded into artists books and performing with the Thuggoons Will Be Banned marching band. She lives in Iowa City and works for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

    For sale inquries or to make purchases, please contact:
    Lauren Frances Evans, Gallery Curator, at timesclubgallery@prairielights.com.