BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Mixed-media works, including works by Bloomington installation artist
Mark Genrich, will be on exhibit beginning Feb. 29 at Illinois Wesleyan University’s
Merwin and Wakeley Galleries.
His work as an installation artist has been exhibited in galleries in the Chicago
area, central Illinois and Indiana, and has been reviewed in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader and The New Art Examiner.
He will present a gallery talk on his work at 4 p.m. March 3.
“I explore issues of perception by building devices that create subtle changes in
lighting or some other perceivable element in an environment,” said Genrich.
He said the work includes a repeated fixture and an engineered structure. “The fixture
incorporates small motors, lights or some interactive quality,” he said. “These are
installed in a larger structure, which is engineered from different materials like
aluminum, plastic or oak. Parts are often designed and produced using a CNC router
or some other mechanical production method.”
Genrich noted equipment or specialized tools are sometimes referred to as “instruments.”
The title of his IWU exhibit, “Instrument,” refers to the mechanical nature of the
work and what happens when the distinction between the tools, jigs and software used
to make the piece and the finished piece itself begin to blur.
The Wakeley Gallery will feature the mixed media sculptures of glass artist Jeff Heath. Based in Algonquin, Ill., Heath is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens
Point, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, 3-dimensional emphasis.
Heath uses the process of flameworking to create a network of small glass rods that
come together to create a large piece assembled from a variety of media. His sculptures
analyze the depletion of natural resources and that relationship to urban expansion.
“I have found it nearly impossible to escape issues like social class, population,
energy crisis and the growing scarcity of natural resources,” said Heath.
In his exhibition “Urbanization,” Heath uses art as a way to escape feelings of societal
guilt while bringing these issues to light. He expresses himself through the process
of making art while also making a commentary on society and the lifestyle that comes
with urban living.
An opening reception for both exhibits will be held March 3 from 4 to 6 p.m.
The exhibits will remain on display through April 7. The galleries will be closed
spring break March 12-20 and Easter Sunday March 27. Hours are Monday-Friday 12 to 4 p.m., Tuesday 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday