March 18 - April 15
Artist's Reception: March 18, from 2 - 5pm
The Tory Folliard Gallery is pleased to present New Paintings by James Winn. Up close and larger than life images of flowering plants bathed in modeled light and painted with imperceptible brushstrokes, have become a signature of Winn’s oeuvre. Surprise Lilies blooming long after their foliage has withered away; Azalea bushes abundant with blossoms; and ponds filled with Lotus Lilies rising above the water, are all brought to life in captivating detail. Upon close inspection, insects and animal life can be seen quietly dwelling amongst the flowers.
Winn begins his creative process by taking hundreds of photos of his chosen subject, recording the visual information he needs to go to work in his studio. However, as accurate as photos may seem they often hide more than they reveal, according to Winn. Once at his easel with paintbrush in hand, Winn thoughtfully restores the life affirming presence of these flowering plants with photorealistic skill and a dazzling ability to illuminate the canvas.
Many of the works in this exhibition feature Surprise Lilies, also known as Resurrection Flowers or Nek-kid Ladies, found blooming in late summer throughout his northern Illinois neighborhood. Photographed in daylight, Winn brings the flowering plants into extreme focus causing the background to virtually disappear. In the studio Winn replaces the non-descript background with complete darkness resulting in stunning effects of light and dimension.
March 18 - April 15
Artist's Reception: March 18, from 2 - 5pm with an artist talk at 4pm
Jim Rose combines timeless American traditions in beautifully hand crafted contemporary steel furniture and sculpture. Inspired by the colorful quilt work of the Gee’s Bend Quilters, Rose employs fine woodworking techniques to create furniture made from sheets of hot rolled steel and scrap metal. Like remnants of cloth that preserve family memories in quilts, the discarded scraps of metal add rich color, texture and history to Rose’s highly functional designs. Each piece is finely finished with a process of brushing and waxing.
“My work is undertaken in a way that is both celebratory and respectful, while treading continuously down the path of discovery. My manner of steel construction has references to wood and wood building methods while addressing issues of traditional and modern craftsmanship. In the challenge of designing and fabricating each new piece from found materials, I encounter a variety of obstacles that contribute to my aspirations to grow as an artist and metalworker. In all, I strive to retain the balance of the visually complex with the simple qualities of pure form and clean lines while referencing and continually being inspired by the history of design and craft. All of my final works, or footprints on this journey are intended for daily use.” Jim Rose
Rose has been actively working as a full-time studio artist in Wisconsin since he received his BFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the country.