BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Exhibits by sculptors working in different media will be featured
this month at the Merwin and Wakeley Galleries at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Installation sculptor Alexandra Zealand will present an opening lecture Nov. 10, and
ceramic sculptor Gerit Grimm will present an opening lecture Nov. 12. Both lectures
will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 218 of the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art building,
6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington.
Grimm’s Merwin Gallery exhibit is entitled Restposten and will remain on display through Dec. 8. Born in the German Democratic Republic,
Grimm is now an assistant professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In 2002, she was awarded with the German DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Government
Grant for the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, where she graduated
with a master’s degree. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York
State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004.
“As a sculptor, my work appropriates historical figuration derived from the content
of fables and myths that are then reinterpreted and pushed to physical limits through
the materiality of ceramics,” she said. “My artworks offer a glimpse into the ominous
side of fables that presents a history that is at once revealed and concealed through
figurines, fairytales and myths.” More information about Grimm is available at www.geritgrimm.com
Taking Flight by Zealand will be on display in the Wakeley Gallery. Originally trained in theater
design, Zealand earned an MFA in sculpture from the Pratt Institute in 2003. She created
her first installation during graduate school, after a close friend died unexpectedly
of pneumonia. Only 27 years old, his death marked the beginning of Zealand’s exploration
of the fragility, beauty and fear she felt in relationship to living. Her pieces evoke
flight and falling, and play with light and movement. Gathering familiar, defunct
objects together such as coffee filters and camera films, she transforms them into
dynamic sculptures and explores our relationship with the objects we discard. In addition
to her installations, she works in web and video at the Arlington (Va.) Public Library.
Visit her website at www.alexzealand.com.
Merwin and Wakeley Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 12 to 4 p.m., Tuesday evening 7
to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. The galleries will be closed Nov. 25
to Nov. 30 for Thanksgiving, and on Dec. 1 for A Day Without Art. More information
is available by calling 309-556-3391.