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400 Brown St. Columbus, IN 47201

Toy Box BY Madeline Winter                                

February 19 - April 29, 2017

Closing Reception: Thursday April 27, 5-7 PM

Gallery Talk at 6 pm


Artist Statement

I am interested in memory—specifically memories that we play a pivotal role in but have no recollection of.  As I recently gave birth to my first child, this awareness of what we retain vs. what others recall has become the point in which all of my compositions are structured.

These works serve as visual stories told to my daughter representing a time in her life and development that she won’t remember but that I will always reminiscence.  My consciousness is now full of scattered toys, patterned fabrics, bright colors, and hard-edged shapes.  My daughter is the individual form that fits perfectly into the contour of my life.  She is represented throughout these paintings.  


Madeline Winter is a visual artist from Chicago, Illinois.  She completed her undergraduate degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting.  She completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from Indiana University in 2016.  Winter has shown work in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and throughout Indiana.  She has held residencies in Barcelona and Chicago.  

Upon My Recent Validation BY Chad Serhal                              

APril 29 - June 30, 2017

Reception: Thursday May 18, 5-7 PM

Gallery Talk at 6 pm


Artist Statement

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.


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.