John Cizmar

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Statement

I’m interested in media and culture.  I do not feel I ever start with a ‘blank slate’ but rather my practice draws influence from television, current events and video games.  These mediums provide narratives that I can be tapped into and exploited. Specifically, I am attracted to violence, it depiction and its repercussions.

 
 

Annette Gaspers

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statement

A desire to understand a place begins with learning to navigate without a map. 

I am interested in  ideas of landscape. In particular, I am attracted to the natural landscape of the plains; the open fields stretching along crisscrossing  rows out to the horizon.  It is this horizon line the holds my attention. It is the line between foreground and background, where chaotic patterns meet the quiet calm nothingness.  

I explore these ideas through drawings, print media and installations that break down and simplify the complexity of the landscape into positive and negative spaces often concentrating on a specific mark, form or texture. My goal is not to create a mirrored image but an imprint, a sense of a place. For me these places become a metaphor for identity, a way to orientate oneself  to the direction we are traveling. 

 
 

Connie Wolfe

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Statement

In my time outdoors, I am inspired by the subtleties, colors and textures in natural environments that typically go unnoticed. The resulting art becomes a response to getting lost in the complexity that nature presents. Organic shapes and tonal structures transform these realities into obscured identities through abstraction and enlargement in my work.

My current body of work is an extension of the tranquility that I found spending time under blooming cherry blossom trees. The time that I spent sitting under those trees made me realize that the true experience I want my viewers to obtain when encountering my work is one of peace. Subtleties in shape and color with a feeling of immersion in my works promote a similar response to the one I feel in nature. Most recently, I have been making mixed-media installations that are pieces on their own, yet they become the inspiration for my two-dimensional work. This process simulates my experience to nature in that subtle differences in light, time of day, and vantage point of the installations are used as source material for my drawings, prints, and paintings.  As a result, the subject of all of my work shares the intricacies inherent in our environment.