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Cassie Marie Edwards / Figurine
Two Days Only! April 1st & 2nd
Aron Packer Projects at Concord 55

Cassie Marie Edwards / Figurine / new paintings
Aron Packer Projects at Concord 55
1355 W Concord Place (at Elston, near North Ave) (map)

Wine Reception: Saturday, April 1, 4 - 8 PM
Gallery Talk: Sunday, April 2, 1 PM
Show Hours:
Saturday, April 1, 12 - 8 PM
Sunday, April 2, 12 - 5 PM

Cassie's Marie Edwards work can be abrupt and cartoonish on first viewing. She's been obsessed with figurines since she was young. My favorite thing about her work is how she decides to paint these ephemeral porcelain sculptures. They are a blur between painting a still life of a single object and extracting out a portrait at the same time. Of course these Tchotkes don't have a beating heart... but in a way our culture gives them one. Cassie is looking for that beating heart, through light, form, and abstraction, putting forth a new idea of visual observation upon her tiny little friends. Hope you can make the show. You will see just how observant Cassie is! And I miss seeing all of you.

Cassie Marie Edwards - Artist Statement
One of my earliest memories was in my great-Grandmother's house. She had an entire wall filled with shelves of figurines. I was fascinated by these tiny porcelain objects that were strange and exaggerated versions of the animals they represented. When we visited I'd always spend time looking at them, while being instructed to keep my hands behind my back (of course). Even then, as a very young child, I remember finding such quiet joy in looking closely and carefully at these small mesmerizing forms.

My family moved often throughout my childhood and my possessions became a much-needed source of stability in my constantly shifting world. I began collecting small porcelain horses and unicorns from garage sales and secondhand shops that Ifrequented in Milwaukee with my grandmother. I havealways been interested in the past lives of the objects in these places — and enjoyed scouring the remnants of peoples' possessions for these mass-produced treasures.

In recent years, my desire to collect figurines was rekindled, which led me to begin using them as subjects for this series of paintings. I was interested in playing with the boundaries between the genres of still life and portraiture, and high and low art. I am also interested in exploring the limits of representation. Making this work is like a visual telephone game — they are paintings of painted porcelain objects. Many of the figurines are so distorted and exaggerated that sometimes it becomes hard to determine the animals they originally reference. I am intrigued by our ability to discern what these abstracted forms represent.

Within my paintings, I focus on subtly shifting color, composition, scale, and light within the still lives I paint directly from until I am content with how they impact the personality of the figurines. The figurines I am most drawn to are strange, comical, and sometimes slightly discomforting. In some of these works I intend to heighten the personalities of the figurines, and at other times I'm looking to completely alter the inherent qualities of these inanimate objects.

Dodo Data Dada - Works by Brian Dettmer (pdf)

American Statemen - Works by Brian Dettmer (pdf)

Schingoethe Center / 1315 Prairie Street, Aurora, IL 60506-4892
Monday - Friday 10 - 4 PM / Please call (630) 844-7843 to confirm hours of operation if you were planning to head out there.... notes on show below....

art of facts - Works by Brian Dettmer
This show is up through April 16th, 2017

Dettmer continues his work with books as sculptural material and cultural object. In this show, he has redefined and reconsidered books in a new context to explore connections we have to objects and information of the past, and to consider solutions and consequences for the way we will obtain information in the future.

The specific focus of this show will be to illustrate the position of the book as an artifact from our recent past; objects from a different time and a different culture that have been gathered and reinterpreted for display. Much like an artifact in a natural history museum, many books have become objects that were not originally intended to be in a museum or considered art. It is only after they lost their functional, ceremonial or spiritual value that they have been appropriated through an outer perspective to be seen as art, or as an artifact. Specific new works to be included in the show will take familiar forms from early and emerging civilizations — Native American and other indigenous cultures. The book will be explored as a vessel, both something to contain and distribute knowledge and nourishment and as a craft that can carry and transport new ideas and bodies or information to a different place. Vases, canoes, troughs and other variations of this idea will take form. In addition, works which explore the totem form will be included. The subjects of culture, nature, archeology and artifacts will be considered both through the content of the books chosen and through the forms they take. Other new works will take the form of fragments or ruins found from an ancient culture.

art of facts: Brian Dettmer on Vimeo

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