The Merwin & Wakeley Galleries
Illinois Wesleyan University

SUMMER EXHIBITIONS

June 22 - August 27, 2015
(galleries closed for July 4th )


Saturday, June 27th 
Carey and Cole gallery talk 1:15PM.
Opening Reception for both exhibits in the galleries  1-3PM

 

THE MERWIN GALLERY

Hoodwinked
Ian Carey

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Blessed are the Who!; 8'x 8'; mixed media on paper with wood base; 2014

"My work is an attempt to synthesize painting and drawing strategies that traditionally have been used to promote political dissent. I am influenced by many artists: Jean Dubuffet, Leon Golub, Carroll Dunham, Jim Nutt and Karl Wirsum, whose work has informed my imagery and thinking in relationship to my artistic production. I use different painterly vocabularies, manipulate figurative elements, discover through process, challenge standardized tastes, and use historic tropes to reveal a complex allegory. My paintings serve to express my worldview through these applied visual strategies. However, this dynamic operates both ways—my material engagement also alters my worldview.

I combine aspects of abstraction and figuration in an effort to create imagery that represents my perspective on a confused and often troubled world. Each figure depicted has both unique and generalized characteristics that reveal their individual condition. The figures are conglomerations of isolated body parts and forms. The relationships between the figures exist much like the elements that comprise the body. The figures appear vague, twisted, and not clearly interpreted. The image matter is culled from the ether of art history, popular culture, Google image searches, and my personal interactions with people throughout the day.

Each image is composed awkwardly and out of proportion, which parallels the way I perceive things in my life. Each image presents narrative scenarios that are difficult to interpret allowing for participation within the poetics of the painting. This generates a shared experience between the viewer and myself, with no singular reading presented." Ian Carey

Ian T.Carey received his BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago, and his MFA in painting and drawing from Illinois State University. He has also earned a BA in Anthropology and Political Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana. Ian Carey will be starting as the director of the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries at Illinois Wesleyan University this August. He also works as the project coordinator at the McLean County Arts Center. He is a practicing visual artist, and lives and works in Bloomington, IL.

 

THE WAKELEY GALLERY 

Scenes from Seoul and Kyoto
Neil Cole

June 22 - August 27, 2015
(galleries closed for July 4th )


Saturday, June 27th 
Carey and Cole gallery talk 1:15PM.
Opening Reception for both exhibits in the galleries  1-3PM

 

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Prayers for the Sewol Ferry Victims; 22"x 40"; archival inkjet print; 2014

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Merwin & Wakeley Galleries

Ames School of Art
Illinois Wesleyan University
6 Ames Plaza West
Bloomington, Illinois  61701
Gallery Information: 309.556.3822

SUMMER GALLERY HOURS:

Friday: 1-3PM
Saturday: 1-3PM
Sunday: 1-3PM
Monday: 1-3PM
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.