Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dusty Folwarczny

Dusty Folwarczny is an object maker. Raised in Winfield, Missouri just north of St. Louis she grew up on a large plot of land surrounded by a lake, hills, and woods; providing an early connection with nature and organic forms.

As an artist she attempts to explore the tension between heavy metal and gravity and, in many of her pieces, exposes the raw aesthetic of rust.

She has said this of her work: “When I am creating art, it is important to me that it is approachable and accessible. This is why I prefer to work in public spaces. Part of my sculpting process includes looking at a scrap pile of steel as a puzzle to be solved. I have a part of me that is drawn to making art out of steel. Maybe it is because Dad has the steel company and it worked its way into my subconscious. Maybe I like how incredibly strong the material is. Maybe it’s the raw textured surface or the beautiful oranges in the rust.

Dusty attended Truman State University and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Dusty’s work is held in private and corporate collections.




Jo Hormuth

Jo Hormuth was in born Grand Rapids and raised in Rockford. Her involvement in art started at a very early age. Following extensive travel throughout the US and studies at Western Michigan University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Ms. Hormuth found herself back in Michigan in 1978. She enrolled that year at Grand Valley State College and in 1979 was the recipient of the Calder Fine Arts Scholarship. Her studies included a semester at the Slade School of Art in London. After graduating from GVSC she went on to receive her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1983). She has exhibited in Europe, Japan and throughout the U.S.
After completing her graduate studies Ms. Hormuth worked on the restoration of many churches for the Archdiocese of Chicago. A growing interest in restoration and preservation coupled with a lifelong interest in painting materials and techniques led her to found Chicago Architectural Arts in 1984.
An essential aspect of each and every one of Jo Hormuth’s pieces is humor. Humor is the thread that created the web of Hormuth’s body of work. At times, it’s a visual pun, as with Chicago Window; at others it is flat-out weirdness, as withLast Night I Dreamed I Was a Butterfly. If there is a weft to the warp of humor, the weft would be color. Hormuth uses repeating color fields over and over, most directly in the Wink pieces, but manages to draw unique parallels between pieces, such as when Wink and Cabrini are seen next to each other. As John Phillips points out, “She transforms ‘the familiar’ to create situations that become springboards for the viewer to consider many relationships, contradictions and possibilities.”

( ww.gvsu.edu/cms3/assets/D653A93F...in.../Hormuthbio07.doc and http://chicagoartmagazine.com/2011/02/40-over-40-with-my-own-two-hands-chicago-sculptors/)

Last Night I Dreamed I Was a Butterfly, 1997

Cement Goose and Velvet

Wink II, 2009
cast epoxy, Flashe acrylic

Tower (ten), 2008

cast epoxy, Flashe acrylic

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Dan Stewart-Moore

"I like to look for similarities and differences. It's something I do when I'm looking at physical, social or even metaphorical entities. I explore and then engage in a visual dialogue." 

"For me, this is a bit like exploring a new relationship between a couple. I ask myself what they have in common and what are the differences. Then why - considering the disparities - they still work together. Instead of people, however, I examine ideas and forms."

Bachelor of Arts (Visual) with Honours ANU  2002 - 2005
New Media certificate    1995
Certificate in Media Production and Communications 1994