Artwork by Mark Holmes and Paul Krainak
Merwin and Wakeley Galleries: New Exhibits for Jan. 10 – Feb. 2
January 6, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries will
welcome two new exhibits on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and continue to be on display through
Thursday, Feb. 2. Artists Mark Holmes and Paul Krainak will present a collaborative
installation in The Merwin Gallery, “Emphatic Objects/Shifting Ground” and Jerry Phillips
will present “Dream State” in The Wakeley Gallery.
The galleries are located in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building (6 Ames
Plaza West, Bloomington). Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday from noon
to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
All exhibits are free and open to the public. The opening reception for the exhibitions
will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the galleries. Holmes and
Krainak will give a lecture at 4 p.m. in room 218 of the School of Art Building.
Largely composed of carpeting, plywood, metal and plastic, Holmes and Krainak’s work
has been described by some as bridging “an associative gulf between van Doesburg and
Menards.” According to the artists, the installations reconsider the perceived banality
of Midwestern culture and its built environment, maintaining an effacing levity through
color and material particularity. Each piece enlists the viewer as a participant in
a shifting landscape of overlapping geometries and color.
Artwork by Jerry Phillips
Born a Palauan American on the Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma, Phillips’s work reflects
traditional images of Palauan folklore, as well as the ocean. After briefly living
in Hawaii and Puerto Rico, he moved to Kentucky, where Phillips never imagined he
would have found himself, “an islander, residing in a landlocked place for an extended
stay,” the artist said. Searching for the openness of an ocean while surrounded by
land, those in the field note that Phillips’s affinity for the sea and the fluidity
of water permeate his work.
For additional information, contact Carmen Lozar, director of the Merwin and Wakeley
Galleries, at (309) 556-3391.
Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181, email@example.com