MADISON, WI, USA (February 27, 2019)
The Promega Spring Art Showcase presents ‘
Evocative Mechanisms of Art’, featuring Cherie St. Cyr, Peter Eglington and Steve Feren.
Much like a musical call-and-response, we respond to visual arts initially through what we find familiar, and this lights a pathway that allows us to explore the unknown. Newly-known impressions become suddenly familiar, leading us to yet other unknowns. The cycle continues, guiding us deeper and deeper into our shared consciousness. The artwork in this showcase is meant to evoke such meaningful responses, and will include vibrant glass sculptures, hand-dyed textiles and mystical paintings.
Artists will tell the stories of their creative process and the inspiration behind their work during a symposium on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm, followed by a reception featuring music by Andy Ewen and Catfish Stephenson from 4:30 - 6:30 pm at the Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, 5445 E Cheryl Parkway in Fitchburg. Both events are open to the public.
A note about parking: Due to construction projects going on in the area, please plan for extra time to find parking prior to the start of the event.
Cherie St. Cyr was born in New Orleans and received a degree from Indiana University in 1980. She moved to Madison in 1981. She studied glass with Steve Feren from 1986 until 1991 when she began silk painting and experimenting with fiber. In 1993-94 she worked as a guest artist in a silk painting factory in Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently all of her work begins as a bolt of white fabric. St. Cyr adds color and texture sometimes returning more than three or four times to color a piece of cloth. From this vast stash of fabrics she creates her art. Cherie is the most represented artist at the University of Wisconsin hospital where more than 125 of her quilts are on display. Defying categorization,
Peter Eglington’s artworks are the culmination of a lifetime obsession with the “spirit realms”. Born in the early 1950’s in Australia, Eglington’s life unfolded as an archetypal mirror of his counter cultural value systems. “Dropping out of main stream culture in 1970”, he spent the next 13 years traveling back and forth between Asia and Australia as part of
an obsessive search for enlightenment. Eglinton’s works are the mirrors of self-realized experiences. Some would label his art as outsider or raw as he has never created art for exhibitions. His artwork is created from a space of deep contact with non-ordinary states of consciousness and reflect his immersion in tribal cultures from his childhood in aboriginal Australia to the peoples of the Amazon and tend to reflect earth-based themes combined with galactic futuristic images and can be described as ‘visionary’. Best known for his glass works,
Steve Feren creates sculptural objects combining a variety of media utilizing cast and blown glass with steel, aluminum, mosaics, ceramic, concrete, acrylics, screened images, painted or drawn elements, fiber optics, LEDs, neon and fluorescent light. His work is a manifestation of a desire to create work that is accessible, yet sheds light on the complexity of the human condition. He is concerned with the persistence of life and the miracle of discovery. His art looks for joy to cultivate faith. He writes in an exhibition catalog, “I am interested in work that is physically and historically rooted yet speaks to the spirit, work that is straight forward, but can operate mysteriously. There are no simple answers to matters of the heart.”
The Spring Art Showcase runs from Tuesday, March 19, 2019 through June 7, 2019. The exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and is made possible through support from Promega Corporation. The Spring Art Showcase is curated and produced by Daniel Swadener.
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Cherie St. Cyr
Mixed Media on Canvas
Fused Glass, LED Lights, Wood
Promega Corporation has sponsored the Art Showcase since 1996 as part of the company's commitment to creativity and innovation in the arts, culture and sciences. The Biopharmaceutical Technology Center, located on 5445 East Cheryl Parkway two miles south of Highway 12/18 (Beltline) off Fish Hatchery Road, was developed in part to provide Promega employees and community members a place to pursue these objectives.
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