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Upon My Recent Validation BY Chad Serhal
APril 29 - June 30, 2017
Reception: Thursday May 18, 5-7 PM
Gallery Talk at 6 pm
For years I only cut pieces of images out of old books and magazines. I didn’t know how I wanted to put anything back together; I only wanted to cut the images out. Extracting elements in this way made me recognize it as some form of art. When I finally began making collages, I had a plethora of material to work with.
Visually, I am interested in 20th century American culture, mostly film and design. I enjoy layering eras on top of each other; a scene from a 1930's drama, surrounded by mid-century comic book ben-day dots or colored paper emanate, on top of a watercolor, over brown cardstock. The art is small and minimal, mounted on backs that consist of foam board with wrapped in strips of old receipt paper. The texts come from an old copy of Moby Dick.
Using commentary, juxtaposition, or play on words, I sometimes make some sort of statement, but the design and aesthetic comes first. I take the things that interest me: golden era Hollywood, vintage comics, or other pop culture images with watercolor, stamps, construction paper, and various other textured ephemera and I put them together in a design. Here, I create little moments for the viewer to get lost in.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Chad Serhal provokes thought using nostalgia; a mother’s kitchen wallpaper design, a father’s favorite actor, or a line from a grandparent’s favorite book. He makes statements using play on words, juxtaposition, and defining titles to force a mundane scene into your consciousness. His work is all within a few inches big because the materials he uses are small.
Chad is a musician, cartoonist, filmmaker, and a collagist. He earned his degree from The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences and his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from Indiana University. He is currently living in Cedar Rapids, Iowaand works as a Program Associate at a venue for performance art and visual art galleries.
Haply May FOrget BY Emily Weihing
June 31 - August 12, 2017
This work is part of a larger exploration of family history, taking inspiration from the ubiquitous family portrait wall. Growing up there were very few family photographs on our walls. I was always intrigued when I would see them in movies or TV shows— scores of framed photos covering staircases, crowded above hallway tables, over the couch, in bedrooms. I wondered if anyone actually lived like that and why they would want to surround themselves with images of their family many of whom, presumably, were alive. This, of course, says more about my own family than anyone else’s.
I may not have been surrounded by pictures of my relatives, but I was surrounded by the fabric that we all touched and shared: hand-me-down sheets reminiscent of summer mornings and quilt pieces from my grandmother’s fabric collection that I took home after her death. More than individual faces, memories of fabric texture and pattern stand out in my memory.
The images inside these frames are photograms of vintage fabric and my grandmother’s feedsack quilt pieces. To make these I use a photo-sensitive process called cyanotype. The deep Prussian blue color is characteristic of cyanotype, which results from the same kind of oxidation reaction that produces indigo blue. The beauty of the cyanotype process is that it creates a direct record of the fabric without the intervention of scanner, camera, printer, or hand. Where light passes through the fabric, the coated paper beneath turns a deep blue. Where light is blocked, the paper remains white. The result is an “automatic” and eerily accurate recording of each object as it exists at a suspended moment in time.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Emily Weihing is an artist whose work draws on quotidian domestic materials and motifs to rouse memory, contemplation, and receptivity. Weihing earned her MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University Bloomington, and her BA in Printmaking and Environmental Science & Policy from Smith College in Northampton, MA. She was Michigan City’s first featured artist in their inaugural open air studio event, Art/Watch, and was artist-in-residence at Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, MA. Weihing exhibits her work nationally and internationally, including at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (upcoming), the Douro Museum in Portugal, El Minia University in Cairo, and the Lotus World Music & Arts Festival in Bloomington, IN.