Recent works by Bonnie Stahlecker
Stahlecker, an Indianapolis-based artist known for her sculptural artist books, has created a new body of work that explores the human need to seek protection from both real and perceived perils. Stahlecker is intrigued by the notion that throughout history all cultures have sought to believe in a deity who could intervene on their behalf and offer safe passage. Her shield-like pieces speak to the different methods of solicitation of this protection, from amulets and scapular medals to chants and incantations. She combines an historical exploration of this phenomena with her visual aesthetic of organic pattern, image, and language marks. The shield-like images not only serve as iconic and powerful symbols, but also as a new evolution of her sculptural work rich with layers of texture and meaning.
Stahlecker is a 1999 and 2013 Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow.
No image grabs more attention, incites more emotion, or holds more mystery than the depiction of someone’s face. Reel focuses on the entire presence of each person in her delicate yet colossal portraits. The large scale of these pieces gives them a new role in the gallery. Not only are they works to be viewed and interpreted, but can themselves be seen as audience and critic. Layers of ink and conté crayon stare quietly back at spectators with a certain authority. In exchange for a few moments of observation, each portrait has a story to share, a conversation to have with its viewer.
Beyond Vernacular, an exhibition featuring the fine art furniture of Cory Robinson and Matt Hutton, explores the rural settings of "middle" America, home to both artists. This subtle yet unmistakable aesthetic found in farms and long stretches of highway across Indiana is where Hutton draws architectural inspirations from agrarian structures in pursuit of familiar form and Robinson revisits the iconic language of antiques. Their work blurs the boundaries between art, design, and craft and is at once functional and sculptural. Both artists have found fulfillment in referencing their work to the bucolic, over-romanticized, rural settings of the "fly over" states. Both artists seek to find subversive ways of sharing this overt, low influence within their “high” design portfolios.
Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:00-9:00pm
At the heart of Lewis' video installation, From Now On, is the classic struggle of man versus nature. This provocative video-mapping experience is a rich consideration of the tensions between nature and industrialization. Lewis' depictions of the forces at play in climate change are placed in visually compelling, dynamic relationships that delight the senses as they raise questions regarding the future. From Now On offers hope in the form of a dead tree that appears to come alive with moving imagery and becomes a metaphorical image of human knowledge and beliefs.
TINY, a group show curated by Gallery 924 at the Arts Council, showcases the TINY work of more than 100 central Indiana artists. Participating artists were challenged to create pieces no bigger than 6" x 6" x 6" and utilize all nooks and crannies of the gallery. Some of the work is simply miniature versions of the artist’s standard offerings, but some artists were inspired by the gallery’s layout to create site-specific installations. We will have shorts--films under 6 minutes--thanks to the Indianapolis International Film Festival. Every medium and style is represented from oil, watercolor, clay, bronze, and video; and in every style from conceptual to traditional, there is truly something for everyone at TINY.
View opening photos here.