Bilhenry Walker

Bilhenry

October 19, 2019 - January 12, 2020


Bilhenry Walker of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, has been making fantastic sculptures for more than fifty years. He began making art in California, influenced heavily by his exposure to the work of Robert Irwin and Doug Wheeler. Irwin and Wheeler were at the forefront of artists using light, a movement that became known as Light and Space. Bilhenry’s earliest explorations of art and materials were wall-mounted sculptures made from sauna tubes. These sculptural paintings, or painted sculptures, are lit from the side so that the cast shadow becomes an important part of the visual experience. Throughout the 1970s, he continued to explore the impact of light by creating paintings on Plexiglas, in this case using light to make the painted surfaces appear to float away from the wall. In 1980, Bilhenry began creating cast sculptures using resin to make his works larger and thicker. Using the translucency of the resin, he would embed objects such as stones or other objects made from resin. These sculptures, often freestanding or suspended in the air, glow when lit and produce surprising and beautiful effects.

 

Michael Cody Drury: Infinite Jux

Drury

 

January 25 – May 3, 2020

Michael Drury is a Sioux City native and graduate of Morningside College. After graduating from Morningside, he moved to New York, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts. He has lived and worked in Queens, New York, since then. The exhibition will include paintings from a number of recent series, but will focus on his series titled Infinite Jux. The title plays on both the well-known, satirical, “post-post-modern” novel by David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, as well as on the idea of “juxtaposition.” The idea behind the series is to paint in a way that brings together two or more visual components—such as foreground and background. The focal point in each painting is not necessarily these individual components, but the edges where they meet. In this way, Michael thinks of the artworks as the equivalent of the work of a DJ, whose skill is defined by how well he/she can overlap different songs.

 

Michael Cody Drury gallery brochure

The Sioux City Art Center Collection: Highlights from 1938-1988

93816

 

through October 6, 2019

To celebrate the new galleries on the first floor, the Art Center is showcasing its permanent collection in all its enclosed exhibition spaces. The Main Gallery is hosting an exhibition of artworks collected by the Sioux City Art Center during its first 50 years. This includes artworks that were originally collected by the Sioux City Society of Fine Arts, the organization that partnered with the federal government to open a WPA Art Center in 1938. The Society was founded in 1914 and was already building its permanent collection by 1915. In 1938, the Society renamed itself “The Art Center Association of Sioux City” to make clear its purpose of supporting the new Art Center.
    
With the Society’s collection forming the foundation for the Art Center’s collection, the Art Center began building the collection. By 1988, the collection had more than 600 artworks in a wide variety of mediums, styles, and subjects. This exhibition includes an extensive look at the first half-century of collecting, from those formative Society artworks to works by contemporary Midwestern artists.

Siouxland Artists, Inc. Annual Competition

Miller

 

through September 1, 2019

Siouxland Artists, Inc. is an organization that is dedicated to advancing the work of regional artists. Members work in a variety of mediums and materials, and include both professional and amateur artists. The judge for this year’s exhibition is Sioux City artist Nan Wilson.

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