Sept. 27, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley galleries will feature the works of artists Luke Ahern and Erin Taylor in October, in the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington). Both artists will present Gallery Walks of their exhibits on Oct. 6.
Artist and educator Luke Ahern will present a Gallery Walk of his exhibit, “Fences and Courts,” in the Wakeley Gallery on Oct. 6 at 5:15 p.m. As the father and husband in a mixed race family, Ahern’s works combine image making with his experience dealing with race and identity. “This experience outside of the studio has filtered and changed every decision I make in the studio,” said Ahern. Through paintings, collage, sculptures and site-specific wall works, Ahern blurs the line between art and life as he incorporates idiosyncratic non-art materials, images, and objects from the funk of life, into his works. “My work is a conversation of formal improvisation embedded with a deep-seeded urgency to attempt to make sense of the mess of life,” Ahern said.
Ahern holds both a bachelor of fine arts degree from Bowling Green State University, and a master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to working as a visiting assistant professor of art at Ohio’s Denison University, Ahern has shown his work in group and solo exhibitions across the country.
Ohio-based artist Erin Taylor’s work focuses on altering the refractive properties of glass. “Optical devices allow us to see beyond the limits of human vision,” said Taylor, who earned a bachelor of architecture from the University of Kansas and worked in the building design profession for 14 years. He recently earned a master of fine arts degree in glass at Southern Illinois University.
Taylor is currently examining optical anomalies that result from the glassmaking process, and works as a digital fabrication specialist at The University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.
Taylor’s exhibit, “Chromatic Candela,” utilizes lenses repurposed from antiquated optical devices including slide projectors and film cameras. He will present a Gallery Walk of his exhibit on Oct. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Merwin Gallery.
Both exhibits will be on display through Nov. 3. 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