Summer Art Exhibits Include New Gallery Director's Work

Ian artwork
"Blessed are the Who!" by Ian Carey

June 11, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The newly named director of Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries will be one of the artists exhibiting work June 22-Aug. 27 in the galleries.

Ian T. Carey, currently project coordinator at the McLean County Arts Center, will present some of his work in “Hoodwinked,” an exhibit in the Merwin Gallery. Carey received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Master of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from Illinois State University. He also earned degrees in anthropology and political science from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. A practicing visual artist, he has also taught courses at Illinois State.

“I combine aspects of abstraction and figuration in an effort to create imagery that represents my perspective on a confused and often troubled world,” Carey said in an artist’s statement. “Each figure depicted has both unique and generalized characteristics that reveal their individual condition.

“Each image is composed awkwardly and out of proportion, which parallels the way I perceive things in my life,” he added. “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.”

Neil work
"Prayers for the Sewol Ferry Victims" by Neil Cole 

In the Wakeley Gallery, Neil Cole will present photographs in “Scenes from Seoul and Kyoto.” A 16-year expatriate and university instructor, Cole explores photography through capturing the scenes of beauty and daily life in his adopted home of South Korea and during his travels abroad.

Through the taking of the photographs in “Scenes,” Cole has explored his appreciation of patterns and geometries, sought the everyday in exotic places, found the pleasure of viewing not only filled spaces but also empty ones, and discovered the sense of longing and imbalance created when what should be centered is pressed to the edge, he said in an artist’s statement.

Both Carey and Cole will speak at an opening reception Saturday, June 27 at 1:15 p.m. The reception will continue until 3 p.m. in the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art building, 6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington.

Summer gallery hours are Friday-Monday, 12 noon to 3 p.m. The gallery will be closed July 4. The gallery’s phone number is 309-556-3822.