BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries will feature the work of Chicago-based artist and educator George Liebert and painter
and printmaker Eric Cain in January.
Liebert, a painter, printmaker, and educator, will present a gallery walk of his work
at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the Wakeley Gallery. By beginning with traditional plein air
studies, and filtering them through digital and print media before incorporating them
into his paintings, Liebert examines the longing for, and alienation from nature.
Education plays a critical role in his practice. In addition to teaching in the painting
and print media department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for
over 25 years, Liebert has taught a semester study abroad program in San Miguel de
Allende, GTO Mexico, and for the past three years, he has taught at Korea University’s
International Summer Campus. He was the resident director and associate program director
for 14 years at Ox-Bow Summer School of Painting. Liebert holds both bachelor’s and
master of fine arts degrees from SAIC.
His exhibit in the Wakeley Gallery, “Now and Then, includes current work on canvas
and a mixture of print and drawing-related material that has informed his finalized
process. Liebert has been instrumental in the education of countless working artists,
according to Ian Carey, director of the galleries at Illinois Wesleyan.
Champaign-based artist Eric Cain embraces the oddities of life in his work. By combining
the concepts of deception, illusion and trickery in his paintings, Cain captures the
state of human instability. His paintings are “unsolvable puzzles,” constituted of
disparate elements that produce fragmented images. “I am interested in conveying the
sense of the beautifully bewildering complexity and absurdity of life in the 21st
century,” said Cain, who holds both BFA and MFA degrees from SAIC.
His Merwin Gallery exhibition, “Hang Ups,” focuses on the idea of how humans are constantly
constructing and reconstructing their models of reality as they receive new information.
The fragmented images in his paintings mimic the endless stream of sensory input that
is constantly being reconstructed in the human mind, changing the perception of reality.
Cain currently works as a tattoo artist and occasionally takes on printmaking and
illustration projects. He will discuss his work in an Artist Lecture on Jan. 19 at
4 p.m. in Room 218 of the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington).
Both exhibits will be on display through Feb. 23. Gallery hours are Monday through
Friday 12 to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4