Sculpture Valley is pleased to co-curate the Houdini Plaza Tower 2017-2018 installation with John Adams and the Draw.
The 2017-2018 season hosts four of our favorite Fox Valley artists, showcasing rendering of artworks for the first time in the Tower since the Plaza opened. This has been a goal from early on and we're incredibly excited to see it come to fruition.
“Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.”
The Tempest ~ William Shakespeare.
For years my artwork was a documentation of the severe depression I was in, only to be relieved once I took up the paintbrush again. While the stories those paintings told can be understood and empathized with, the figurative works were insular and full of personal iconography. In late 2015 I took a chance with my work: The figures faded. The harsh angles softened. My palette lightened. A sea-change was born.
This current work is about the symbiotic relationship an artist has with materials. It is focused more on form and color, flatness and implied dimension, and the textural qualities of canvas and paint then it is about reliving a personal story. Each new work I approach has been full of new challenges and problems to solve. Much as the pervasive magic that filled and had enormous impact on the island of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, I feel myself being taught by the properties of my materials. It is freeing. It is a spiritualistic endeavor, these days in the studio making this work.
My work is inspired by free jazz musicians as much as it is the abstract expressionists. And like the torrential storm that opened up “The Tempest”, I feel wave upon wave of a metaphysical force guiding me towards a new destination.
Telling strange, fun, intelligent stories is what I love to do with my art. I love all the stuff people make, spaces we inhibit, and things we consume. I try to use these objects and spaces in my narratives to enhance the sense of humor and irony, and to add a touch of curiosity.
My interest with storytelling of people, places, and things has been with me since I was a young boy growing up in Appleton, where I spent hours drawing comics. I wanted to entertain and wow people with putting characters, animals, and objects into a timeline of sequences to unfold as a narrative. The interest to tell stories in this way continues in my art to this very day.
Born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, Jilek completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005. Her work has been shown throughout the Midwest in a number of group and solo exhibitions and is represented in public and private collections across the country. In 2012, she completed a stay as Artist-In-Residence at the prestigious Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota and returned for a second invitational session in the Fall of 2015. Julie has received national exposure in publications such as American Artist: Drawing Magazine's, Southwest Art Magazine, Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing 4 series and more.
Committed to the preservation of the arts and the environment, Julie developed several projects including the Wisconsin State Park Plein Air Project; documenting all 57 State Parks and Forests, as well as the recent ‘Art for the Arts’ Project; raising funds and awareness for the Appleton Public School System through daily painting.
She currently paints full-time and maintains her studio in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Mike Winkleman, aka "Beeple"
These pictures are all done from start to finish every day. The purpose of this project is to help me get better at different things. By posting the results online, I'm "less" likely to throw down a big pile of (expletive) even though most of the time I still do because I suck...
I am currently on my 11th round of everydays. This year I'll be doing a render everyday using Cinema 4D and mostly Octane, instead of trying to learn new software, will be focusing on some of the fundamentals like color, composition, value etc.... :)