January 21 – February 14, 2016
The Hartnett Gallery is proud to present “Refuge,” an immersive environment of silkscreen prints, alternative photography, and installation elements by Ellie Honl. This exhibit is informed by psychological theories surrounding coping strategies, Honl’s lifelong interests in architecture, and the literary genre of science fiction. Imagery of swarms and mysterious landscapes become a metaphor for the unreliable circumstances of life, while in contrast, geometric shelters represent places of safety and rationality. These structures embody the many different ways people cope with turmoil – both within and imposed. Underlying it all is the human desire to find stability in the unsteady present and unpredictable future.
Ellie Honl is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and is secretary of the Mid America Print Council. Combining printmaking, time-based media, and alternative photographic processes, her artwork has been widely exhibited across the United States and is included in many national collections. She has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center and the Kala Art Institute, and has been a visiting artist at numerous universities and art centers. She has previously taught at Arizona State University, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She received her MA and MFA in Printmaking with a minor in Intermedia from the University of Iowa where she graduated with honors, and received a BA in studio art from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Ellie is from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. To see more of Ellie’s work please visitwww.elliehonl.com
November 12 – December 6, 2015
PULP by Roger Boulay takes increasingly outdated media like paperback books and records to explore the unstable, ephemeral consumption of popular culture. Pop and pulp narratives contain fleeting, momentary value and are quickly discarded. Stories are hyped, consumed and thrown away. The work articulates this cycle through Boulay’s use of erasure, palimpsests and fragmentary compositions that invite the viewer to consider our increasingly fractured relationship to interacting with information, songs and stories.
Roger Boulay was raised in Norfolk, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He graduated from Amherst College in 2003 with a BA in Art and Art History. He has also earned a Master’s Degree in Art History from the Universiteit van Amsterdam and an MFA from the University of New Mexico. He currently lives with his partner and two dogs in Winona, Minnesota where he teaches and is the Gallery and Art Collections Coordinator at Winona State University.
October 9 – November 1, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 9 | 5-7p.m.
FAULT LINES by ScottSchultheis (’09) combines replicable pieces of internet image searches with pieces of memories and stories. The works explore the interaction between the bodiless, oblivious stuff “out there” with distortive forces of the mental interior. This confrontation provides an opportunity for viewers to stretch elements of their seemingly immoveable experience.
Through paintings and installations, Schultheis seeks ways to uncover fractures in the impressions of our environments, our possessions and ourselves. Against the backdrop of a body that fills or purges itself automatically, how might we playfully rearrange the conditions of our reality in order to reveal more texture in our ideals and anxieties?
Scott Schultheis (b. 1986) was raised in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 2009 with a BA in Studio Art and Art History. After a stint in Brooklyn and some opportunities to travel internationally, he went on to receive an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He has been based in Philadelphia since 2011, cultivating a studio practice while engaging curatorial and educational community projects.
From #Ferguson: New Works by Bryce Olen Robinson
September 3 – 27, 2015
Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons, University of Rochester
Artist Talk and Opening Reception: Thursday September 3, 2015.
Artist Talk: Stackel Room (across from the Hartnett Gallery), Wilson Commons, University of Rochester,4:30 p.m., followed by a discussion moderated by Jessica Guzmán-Rea, Directo
Reception: Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons, University of Rochester (following Artist Talk)
Bryce Olen Robinson grew up in the community of Ferguson, Missouri, now infamous for its structural segregation and civil protests. In this exhibition, Robinson investigates the tension between Ferguson as place and Ferguson as a cultural construct. These new works are the residue of his personal struggle to understand and redress his own point of origin. The pieces shown will represent a wide range of material approaches, including, but not limited to, sculpture, drawing, video, and performance artifacts. Robinson says: “Through art and life, I continue to bear witness to the effects of racism and structural isolation. As an artist I am committed to both making things and making things happen. Today I am interested in the histories that have defined the nature of my community…Through sculpture and public practice I engage with networks beyond the studio, developing projects that expand the collaborative agency of artists and communities. I am tracing the injustice of structural segregation and it’s lasting effect on my hometown.”