Fieldworks: Creative Research by DU Faculty

January 11th – February 18, 2018

Opening: Thursday, January 11th, 5-8 PM

Artist Talks: January 25, 6-7, February 8, 6-7, and February 14, 12-12:45

The Vicki Myhren Gallery is pleased to announce a new program – an annual exhibition featuring the research and artworks of creative faculty members at the School of Art and Art history. Fieldworks specifically focuses on the research and creative process itself.

The everyday reality of art making is overlooked. Works exhibited in museums and galleries are only final products of tedious research. Art genesis occurs only through prolonged periods of intense investigation and experimentation. Ideas are unfolded, methodologies questioned as artists expand their practices.

This exhibition offers a candid view into the art making process with a special focus on research, revision, successes, and failures. Eight artists allow us a candid glimpse of their unique modus operandi. Visitors can expect to see new and old works, projects in progress, and process materials.

A variety of subjects are explored; Kari Varner and Timothy Weaver fuse environmentalist agendas with technological and ephemeral exploration. Kristin Stransky and Jennifer Ghormley use movement to activate their works in fabric, paper, and 3-d printed textiles. Sarah Gjertson and Megan Ulrich focus on memory and human experience. Brandon Siscoe refashions found oddities into seemly innocuous objects. Scott Montgomery has created a documentary about a forgotten chapter of Denver’s past. Though not everyone can go to the artist’s studio, this exhibition gives students and the community a look into each faculty member’s approaches to creative work.

2018 featured artists: Jennifer Ghormley, Sarah Gjertson, Scott Montgomery, Brandon Siscoe, Megan Ulrich, Kristin Stransky, Kari Varner and Timothy Weaver

 
Timothy Weaver, Wayfinding/Quebrada, Quilcayhuaca, Peru (detail), 2017. Digital infrared photograph.
Jennifer Ghormley, Flow, site-specific installation, 2016. Woodcut prints on glassine, machine stitching.
Megan Ulrich, restraint, (detail) 2017. Mixed media
Sarah Gjertson, Elsie, Tobacco, and Notches (detail), 2017. Oil based solar plate monoprint
Kristin Stransky, hexWare (detail), 2016-2017. 3D printed fabric
Brandon Siscoe, untitled (detail) First pressing of Antonin Artaud’s The Theatre and Its Double 1938, wine glass 2016