Nov. 10, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University’s Merwin and Wakeley Galleries will feature the work of artists Claudia Esslinger and Andrea Moreau in November.
On Nov. 13, visual artist Claudia Esslinger will present a gallery walk of her work at 11:30 a.m. in the Merwin Gallery. Focusing on media-based installation and video layering and projection, Esslinger uses media software and sculptural components to create an interactive experience for the viewer. By incorporating industrial and technical elements to natural surfaces, Esslinger’s projects focus on the inequities and inconsistencies within the human and the natural world.
Her exhibit “Distant Tracings // Tracing Distance,” explores the concepts of connection and separation. By using layered translucent video screens that “complicate our vision,” Esslinger focuses on the role that technology has in facilitating and frustrating our connections.
The recipient of seven Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards and a New Forms Regional Grant, Esslinger’s work has been featured in national and international exhibitions and film festivals. She has completed residencies with the Omora Ethnobotanical Preserve near Cape Horn, Chile, the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, Singing Pictures workshop in Seoul, South Korea and Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden, Germany.
Mixed-media artist Andrea Moreau’s drawings function as personal interpretations of political or commercial propaganda. By using imagery from “geographical artifacts” such as postage stamps and printed advertisements, Moreau said she is able to create a world beyond the framework of these images. She says her work is a “metaphor for the way in which we conjure the places we hear about on the news and read about in books, using the tiniest pieces of information to construct a reality that most likely bears little resemblance to any actual place."
Moreau’s exhibit, “Drawing out a Narrative” in the Wakeley Gallery, resembles how she uses printed matter in her drawings and paintings to communicate a dialogue between the printed and the drawn, the official and the personal, and the real and the imaginary.
A recipient of the 2014 New York Foundation For the Arts Fellow in Drawing/Printmaking/Book Arts, Moreau also completed a residency in 2006 at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has been included in Pierogi Gallery Flat Files, Drawing Center Slide Registry, and the White Columns Artists Registry. Moreau received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1997, and a master of fine arts in painting and drawing from Ohio State University. She lives and maintains her studio in Beacon, New York.
Both exhibits will be on display from Nov.13 through Dec. 12 in the Joyce G. Eichhorn Ames School of Art Building (6 Ames Plaza West, Bloomington). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday evenings 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The galleries will be closed Nov. 21 through 26 for Thanksgiving Break.
By Vi Kakares '20