“Still Lives” Reception at the Edwardsville Gallery

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EDWARDSVILLE — The Edwardsville Arts Center invites the community to a reception for the current exhibit, “Still Lives: Painters and Objects” from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, August 26 at the DeToye Student Gallery.

The exhibit includes a presentation of submissions for this year’s “Out and About” banner contest, organized by the Campus to Community committee. Winners’ banners will hang on streetlights in downtown Edwardsville and throughout the Edwardsville campus of Southern Illinois University.

“Still Lives: Painters and Objects” was curated by former SIUE painting teacher Jane Barrow and features 16 professional painters from across the United States. Each artist only exhibits two or three paintings and has seen their work exhibited in galleries and venues across the country.

In deciding which artists to invite, Barrow “has selected contemporary painters whose interests are either perceptual, emphasizing painterly illusions of light and form, or conceptual, focusing on how objects speak to a range of contexts, topics and concerns”. This exhibition presents a wide range of ways in which still life as a genre can explore ideas and feelings. While each artist works from a unique vantage point, they each demonstrate great skill with their medium and select objects to study for their beauty or pathos.

Samantha Slone is a Filipino American who uses still life painting to prompt examination of the connections and disparities between ecology, consumption, economic stability in the first and third worlds, and sustainability. His paintings are large, notable for their realism, and are often made up of groupings of food with other unexpected objects strewn throughout.

“These paintings engage the environmental movement through a lens of class and consumption, noting the degrees of economic separation that serve as buffers between consumer and resource,” she said.

Jason Bly and Tim Liddy are two artists working in the style of trompe l’oeil, or “trompe l’oeil”. Trompe l’oeil is a technique that uses paint to form an optical illusion that the painted objects are actually placed on the canvas or panel.

Chad Alligood, Curator of American Art, said of Liddy’s work, “Once you find out the truth, you get caught up in the stunning detail and verisimilitude, and you’re driven to investigate more closely. ”

The Edwardsville Arts Center features local, regional and national artists in its exhibition space. Unique works of art are available for purchase in the gift shop. Center hours are Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 618-655-0337 or visit www.edwardsvilleartscenter.com.

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