Dec. 14, 2016
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 p.m.
By Vi Kakares ’20